The Georgia General Assembly approved a $3 million bond package in the FY17 state budget to renovate and re-purpose the old Roebling cattle barn. The budget currently awaits the governor’s signature.
The circa-1947 building is in poor condition and is not currently functional as laboratory, teaching or meeting spaces. Renovations will allow UGA Skidaway Institute to re-purpose the 14,000 square foot facility to include research laboratories, a teaching laboratory and lecture space for students and community groups.
The renovated facility will become home to the Center for Coastal Hydrology and Marine Processes (CHAMP), with a focus on research and education directed toward understanding influences on coastal systems and the wise stewardship of coastal resources.
The governor has 40 days to approve or reject all or parts of the budget, which will go into effect on July 1.