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Georgetown College Announces East Campus Conference Center and Cralle Student Center Renovation Projects

Submitted on March 25, 2021

Two major construction projects are slated for Georgetown College’s campus.

Construction is scheduled to begin on a $525,000 renovation of the East Campus Conference Center, part of Georgetown College’s athletic facilities. The project is being funded by the James A. & Martha R. Brown Charitable Foundation, Sodexo, and donors. Construction is estimated to be completed in late May or early June.

Once completed, the conference center will officially be named James A. & Martha R. Brown Conference Center in honor of the foundation’s gift. 

A major part of the East Campus Conference Center project is creating additional office space for coaches and staff. Currently, adjacent student housing is being used for offices. As the College’s enrollment continues to break records, this renovation allows for increased student housing, particularly for athletes.

Other improvements include a lobby renovation, expanded athlete lounges for meetings, tutoring, and studying, and a new catering kitchen that will enhance the conference center’s offerings for community members to rent the facility for meetings, wedding receptions, conferences, and more. 

“We’re really looking forward to when athletics and other events are back on a normal schedule and when fans and alumni can see the renovated space and enjoy it,” said Sally Wiatrowski, vice president for business operations at Georgetown College.

Then, immediately following graduation in late May, the College will begin work on a $2.4 million renovation of the Cralle Student Center. The project, funded entirely by Sodexo, will be completed by the time students return to campus in August for the Fall 2021 semester. 

The renovation, which has been in the planning stages for three years, will be a complete overhaul of Montgomery Dining Hall located in Cralle Student Center. In addition to an aesthetic rehaul with new mixed seating options and decor, Sodexo will also enhance its dining selections with new stations where food is prepared in front of students as they wait. 

The other major renovation taking place during this phase of the Cralle Student Center project is the addition of an elevator to the outside of the building, which will greatly improve accessibility to the entire building.

This set of renovations is part of a multi-year project for the student center. The College will work alongside Sodexo, which it has been partners with for 20 years, for all phases of the project. Future phases include bringing a national brand restaurant on the ground floor of Cralle Student Center and renovations of the Mulberry Café located in the Ensor Learning Resource Center.


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