Valdosta State University Farbar Health Center
Increasing student population had placed a severe burden on Valdosta State University’s Farbar Health Center building. The existing building, dating to the 1940s, did not provide adequate space to accommodate the growing need for health-care services on campus. The university looked to Carter to manage the delivery of a new facility under strict budget and schedule requirements. Carter orchestrated the selection of the architects and construction manager, involving key personnel from the Health Center and university in the process. The project team worked closely with the Health Center user group throughout the design and construction process to ensure that the new facility met the owner’s goals.
The new two-story Health Center was programmed and designed to provide adequate space for existing services, while allowing for near-term growth in the student population. The new facility provides outpatient clinical space, counseling, radiology, laboratory services, a pharmacy, medical records storage, provider offices, a training classroom, a library and administrative support space. The building was designed in the Spanish Mission style prevalent on the campus. The university worked with residents of the adjacent historic neighborhood to ensure their satisfaction with the scale, massing, location and design of the new building.
Carter also coordinated the bond financing for the project, which was completed on schedule and under the established budget. The owner was able to take advantage of project savings to enhance the project quality, and purchase additional furnishings and audio-visual equipment.