ATLANTA, GA – (June 13, 2014)
By the end of this calendar year, Richmont Graduate University’s Atlanta campus will be moving to a new location on Windy Hill Road just off Interstate 75 North. After considering approximately 90 potential properties, university administrators identified a new 17,800 square foot space which will eventually provide 3,800 square feet more than what Richmont currently enjoys. As of June 4, 2014, thanks to a private lead gift of $1.2 million, Richmont’s Board of Trustees made an offer of $1.2 million and put the new building under contract. The building appraised at $1.4 million and was listed for $1.35 million.
“We are incredibly excited about this timely transition in the life of the university,” said President, Bob Rodgers. “This new building will offer a strategic location to both train students as professional counselors and ministers to continue partnering with local nonprofit organizations in order to serve metro Atlanta residents. We look forward to seeing what the Lord does in this next season.”
Formerly a Piedmont Hospital Sleep Center, Richmont plans to utilize this new building to grow the institution’s capacity through larger classrooms and also through technology and audio visual improvements and upgrades. The student lounge will be designed as a comfortable, accessible, attractive gathering space for individual and group meetings and study time, eating meals, accessing the library, and building friendships. The faculty and administrative offices are being designed to create even more interaction between the professors, staff and students. In time, the building will likely house one of the university’s Hope Counseling Centers.
In order to make this space become a reality architectural plans are in the second round of revisions, the environmental and engineering studies have all been initiated and the closing will likely occur during the first week of July. In order to successfully serve Richmont’s constituents, approximately 80 percent of the interior will need to be renovated. To be as efficient as possible in the renovations, much of the existing electrical equipment, lighting, plumbing, doors, and ceiling will be re-purposed. To this end, the university’s advancement team is working diligently to raise $850,000 funds to support this upcoming transition.
“Overall, the Board of Trustees, Administrative Council and I are incredibly excited about all that this new building has to offer,” said Rodgers. “It will provide a strategic location to both train students as professional counselors and ministers and to continue partnering with local nonprofit organizations in order to serve metro Atlanta residents. Thank you in advance for praying with us as we begin the process of planning and preparing to move by the end of the year.”