King Hall Gets New Life as ABAC Prepares for Fall Semester

August 10, 2017

A 78-year-old building took a breath of new life at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College on Thursday when ABAC President David Bridges opened King Hall after a year-long renovation process.

This building has a long history here at ABAC,” Bridges said.  “It was at one time the library and then when I was a student here in 1978, it was the home of the agriculture division.

“ABAC has a proud legacy and a very promising future.  As the new home to the Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, this building will play a very important role in that promising future.”

Constructed in 1939, King Hall contains six classrooms and 12 offices.  The $1.8 renovation focused on the interior of the building.  The original bricks remain on the exterior.  The building now has an elevator for the first time.

Bridges offered words of praise to McCall and Associates architectural firm and Garbutt Construction for the renovation.

“I think they were able to uncover some of the building’s original character that had been covered in previous renovations,” Bridges said.

Earlier on Thursday, Bridges delivered his 12th annual presidential address to the entire faculty and staff in Howard Auditorium.

“We are getting better prepared students every year,” Bridges said.  “Our graduation rate is two and one-half times the state college average in Georgia.  We are doing a lot of things right.

“But we need to continue to look ahead.  ABAC can be as good as you want it to be.  Moving forward is up to us.  It’s all about the people in this room and our connection with the students.”

Bridges enumerated the many differences between the ABAC of today and the ABAC of 2006 when he took office as president.

“We’re headed toward a record number of students in bachelor’s degree programs,” Bridges said.  “In 2006, we had not a single student in a bachelor’s degree program.”

New freshmen will move into ABAC Lakeside and ABAC Place on Saturday as a part of the Welcome Week activities.  ABAC alumna Louise Hill will speak at the annual freshman convocation on Tuesday.  Fall term classes begin on Wednesday.
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