Fusion Center for STEM Education
University of West Georgia
The Fusion Center is the hub for all of the UWG College of Education’s efforts in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education. The new facility puts UWG well on its way to its goal of becoming the state’s leading provider of teachers for STEM fields, and the Center houses their UTeach program, a nationally acclaimed program for preparing STEM teachers. It is also the nerve center for STEM education, bringing faculty from both the College of Science and Mathematics and the College of Education together for collaboration and innovation. Finally, it is a point of outreach to schools and students in the region, providing workshops for teachers and exciting summer projects and competitions for students.
The project consisted of a multi-phased interior renovation of an existing classroom building. The complex renovation involved understanding of existing conditions, HVAC, coordination of furniture, and incorporation of new technology throughout. Components included a fully equipped science laboratory, virtual science lab, faculty offices, student work spaces, kitchen, and conference room.
Building Area: 4,500 square feet
Construction Cost: $1,800,000
Delivery Method: CM At Risk
Date of Completion: February 2014