Many new exciting building projects have recently been completed, including the 200-bed LEED Silver-certified Enotah Hall, the 148-bed apartment-style housing facility The Village, the 57,000-square-foot Recreation and Fitness Center featuring a 1,100 seat basketball arena, the new 12-court, lighted Bob & Gayle Nichols Tennis Complex, and the 121,000-square-foot Rollins Campus Center
RECENTLY COMPLETED CONSTRUCTION
Thanks to the generosity of YHC Trustee Richard McGinnis and his wife, Shirley, the Hilda D. Glenn Auditorium within the Clegg Fine Arts Building recently received an extensive renovation along with its new name: Glenn~McGinnis Hall. Renovations to the new state-of-the-art building included new seating, improved sound and acoustics to provide top quality musical and theatrical performances, a new HVAC system to better control sound, and enhanced lighting and catwalk.
Rollins Campus Center
The largest building ever to be constructed at Young Harris, the recently constructed Rollins Campus Center is the new social and intellectual heart of campus. The glass, brick, timber and stone building was designed to be energy efficient and environmentally friendly. It boasts many sustainable features, including the use of a geothermal well system, and received LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certificationthe first facility on the YHC campus to receive this status. The center optimizes the surrounding mountain views and maximizes outdoor space with numerous expansive porches that create a relaxing space for students to socialize and study. Check out some of the center's highlights, from dining options that include Chick-fil-A Express and Starbucks to a 40,000-square-foot library named in honor of two of YHC's most distinguished alumni.
In Fall 2013, Young Harris College opened The Towers, a unique housing community for first-year students. Centered near the heart of campus, this facility is made up of three separate buildings connected through a shared central building.
The Towers are configured in “pods,” or small communities consisting of students living in different sizes and styles of rooms surrounding a country-club-style bath area. The innovative pod concept is a growing trend in residence life nationwide. It provides both living and learning spaces that encourage student interaction and foster a sense of community during formative semesters on campus. Each pod features large and inviting study alcoves and lounges with comfortable sofas and 55" flat-screen televisions, providing students with ample common areas to study and socialize. These spaces within the building give resident assistants the opportunity to regularly interact with students and introduce unique programming. Other ammenities include cable television access, wireless internet access, ample closet space and a laundry facility on each floor.
This LEED-certified facility was the fourth construction project to be completed as part of Young Harris College's strategic plan to make the transformation to four-year status.
The Village, a LEED-certified apartment-style housing community for upperclassmen, opened in August 2011. The furnished apartments in The Village are constructed on a rolling terrain with views of the surrounding mountains and campus athletic facilities. Configured in apartments of four private bedrooms, the complex features 248 beds. In addition to four private bedrooms, each apartment includes a living area, kitchen and washer and dryer. The "village" atmosphere is facilitated by expansive porches, designated areas for grilling and abundant green space surrounding the apartments.
Recreation and Fitness Center
Young Harris College was awarded LEED Certification for the 57,000-square-foot Recreation and Fitness Center that opened in August 2010. This facility features a first-class, fully equipped weight room and fitness center, an impressive 37-foot-high rock climbing wall, an elevated indoor jogging track surrounding the facility and a state-of-the-art 1,100-purple-seat, NCAA-regulation arena that serves as the new home of Mountain Lions basketball. The center also boasts the Balance Café, a healthy food and juice bar, multipurpose classrooms for yoga, dance and aerobics, office space and locker rooms for the athletic department and wide expanses of windows to enjoy the surrounding mountain-landscape views.
Bob & Gayle Nichols Tennis Complex
Completed in August 2010, the Bob & Gayle Nichols Tennis Complex is located on Highway 76 and is home to the College's men's and women's tennis teams. The complex features 12 lighted tournament-quality courts. In 2012, the complex was named to honor Dr. Bob and Gayle Nichols for their distinguished years of service to YHC. Bob taught math, coached tennis and served as director of academic advising, while Gayle served as the senior college counselor, until retiring in 2009 after more than 30 years of service.
Young Harris College was awarded LEED Silver Certification for Enotah Hall, by the Green Building Certification Institute, making it the first higher education facility in the state north of the Atlanta area to achieve this level of certification. Enotah Hall’s 50 residential suites are each comprised of two double-occupancy bedrooms, two bathrooms and a common living space that includes a kitchenette. Notable areas include four state-of-the-art Wenger Corp. music practice rooms, available for use 24 hours daily, and study “sunrooms” at the far ends of the six corridors in the residence wings.