Architecture Firm Selected for New Armstrong-Liberty Center

(Oct. 8, 2013) – Armstrong Atlantic State University is pleased to announce that Hussey, Gay, Bell & DeYoung has been named the architecture firm for the university's new 20,000-square-foot Armstrong-Liberty Center in Hinesville, Ga.

“Hussey, Gay, Bell & DeYoung is proud to team with Armstrong on this project,” said firm president Eric Johnson, FAIA. “To us, it is bigger than just a building. It's a place for the soldiers and their families to advance their education. Armstrong's reach is expanding and, by doing so, will provide more opportunities to the men and women who serve our nation.”

Located at the southeast corner of the intersection of Memorial Drive and Welborn Street in Hinesville, Ga., the new Armstrong-Liberty Center building will replace an existing smaller classroom facility located in 10,500 square feet of leased commercial space in a strip shopping center. The $3.7 million facility will open in May of 2015.

“This state-of-the-art building will dramatically expand Armstrong's classroom space, lab space and learning opportunities in Hinesville,” said David Carson, Armstrong's vice president for business and finance. “The new Armstrong Liberty Center will offer a top-notch facility for students of all ages in Liberty County.”

The Armstrong-Liberty Center site is adjacent to downtown Hinesville, approximately one-half mile from the main entrance to Fort Stewart. The facility will be located on land donated by and with infrastructure provided by the City of Hinesville.

The Armstrong-Liberty Center expansion was made possible with $6 million in infrastructure and land acquisition from the City of Hinesville and $4.7 million in state funding. Approved in early 2013, the new Armstrong-Liberty Center is expected to accept students for the spring 2015 semester.

“The new facility will provide increased opportunities for the residents of Liberty and surrounding counties, as well as to the soldiers and military families from Fort Stewart,” said Peter Hoffman, director of Armstrong-Liberty Center. “Construction of the new Armstrong-Liberty Center is very timely and will help meet the growing demand for higher education options in the Hinesville area.”

The building will include classrooms, laboratories and prep space, administrative space, faculty/staff offices, common areas, student services and support areas. The design of the facility will be sensitive to the aesthetic fabric of the existing community and will complement the existing downtown streetscape, while incorporating sustainable construction materials and high-quality finishes that are typical of University System of Georgia facilities.

The Armstrong-Liberty Center currently offers associate degrees in arts and applied sciences, as well as bachelor's degrees in areas including criminal justice, nursing, early childhood education, middle grades education and liberal studies. Once complete, the new Armstrong-Liberty Center will allow the university to offer new programs in a variety of fields, including programs tailored for working professionals and the military

Hussey, Gay, Bell & DeYoung previously completed the renovation of Gamble Hall at Armstrong's Savannah campus. The firm recently designed the Mercer School of Medicine building and the new Beach High School in Savannah, as well as the VA Clinic currently under construction in Hinesville. The firm's architectural division develops designs for a full range of facility types, including educational, industrial, commercial, military, recreational, medical and mixed-use facilities.