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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. The Rollins Campus Center was recently awarded LEED Gold certification by the Green Building Certification Institute, making it the first building on the YHC campus to achieve gold certified status and the fifth LEED-certified facility on the YHC campus. The campus center features several sustainable systems including a geothermal exchange system of 180 wells that use the earth’s naturally constant temperature to heat and cool the building. Radiant heating and cooling elements called “chilled-beams” offer quiet comfort without fan noise or additional energy use. High-performance glass allows for expansive mountain views and ample daylight to spaces. Porch cover shades the Southern sun, plus a pattern of silk-screened glass on the library’s dramatic bay window helps reduce heat gain.

Regional materials include careful use of rustic stone and wood timbers—harvested, extracted or manufactured within 500 miles of the College—with crisp and modern detailing as a forward-looking take on local and regional approaches to building and craft along the spine of the Appalachian Trail. 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 and Starbucks to a 40,000-square-foot library named in honor of two of YHC's most distinguished alumni. Find out about The Morning Paws held in the facility every Wednesday.

Find out more about the remarkable Rollins family that has been an integral part of the history and growth of YHC for more than four decades. The O. Wayne Rollins Foundation helped make the center possible through a $22 million lead gift for the construction of the facility.