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Baugh Barracks

James E. Baugh Barracks

One concrete block at a time, another dream is becoming a reality on the Milledgeville Campus of Georgia Military College. The new barracks is named for James E. Baugh, M.D., who graduated from GMC High School in 1937 and from GMC Junior College in 1937. The residence hall is located behind the Cordell Events Center and its formal dedication is planned for 2:00 P.M. on Friday, December 8, 2006.

Designed collaboratively by Lord, Aeck & Sargent architectural and design firm of Atlanta and the executive office of Georgia Military College, the James E. Baugh Barracks will provide much-needed residence for the cadet population. The current accommodations, Vinson Hall and Main Barracks, have become cost prohibitive to maintain and can no longer support the needs of the institution in its efforts to provide a quality living environment. The new three-level, 57,465 square foot facility will provide 62 suites, each comprised of two rooms with four beds, four desks, and one bathroom. The rooms are slightly larger than the present rooms in the current barracks and will be wired for computers and will have central heating and air conditioning. One resident advisor suite and two common rooms for group studies and socializing are included on each floor.

On the first floor, Mrs. Beegee Baugh has furnished The Baugh Hospitality Room in honor of her husband and the building’s namesake, Dr. James E. Baugh. Also on the first floor is The Goodrich Family Conference Room, sponsored by the Goodrich family in honor of family members who are alumni of Georgia Military College. The second floor has an all-purpose recreation room. The third floor features a computer area, The Usery Technology Center, sponsored by W. J. Usery, Jr., a 1940 graduate of GMC Junior College and former U.S. Secretary of Labor. Secured electronically, the building will provide a full service laundry room and will house the offices for the commandant, tactical officers and campus security.

Since 2002, $414,250 has been raised by the GMC Foundation to benefit the James E. Baugh Barracks. Nearly one half of this total ($200,250) was donated by 41 individuals or families who generously responded to an appeal made in August 2002 by GMC President MG Peter J. Boylan. When the new facility was little more than a dream, these loyal supporters of Georgia Military College “answered the call” with a pledge of support and gave GMC the ability to develop and implement plans for construction and helped transform the dream of a new barracks into reality.

The remaining $214,000 has been contributed by individuals, families and businesses through 74 naming opportunities. These included 124 Rooms (20 of which were named by members of the Baugh Family); 4 Tactical Offices, 2 Security Offices, 3 Resident Advisor Suites, as well as the Usery Technology Center, the Goodrich Family Conference Room, and the Baugh Hospitality Room. Of the 82 donors that participated in naming opportunities, 60 were alumni of Georgia Military College.

Members of the 128th Corps of Cadets will move into the James E. Baugh Barracks when they return from the winter break in January, 2007.

These photos were taken during the Media Preview event on Monday, December 4th. Everyone is invited to attend the dedication ceremony on Friday, December 8th at 2:00 p.m.