College of Coastal Georgia

Brunswick, Georgia

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The College of Coastal Georgia (CCGA) is located on the southeast Atlantic coast on the Georgia’s Golden Isles, which are noted for their amazing diversity of maritime habitats and were one of the first designated protected wetlands in the nation. Students at CCGA benefit from learning in the living laboratory of the coastal environment. CCGA’s theme of “Dreams in Action” drive the College in their mission to educate low-income, first-generation college students. As part of a 9-university partnership with the University System of Georgia (USG), Corvias Partnered with CCGA to assist them in creating their definition of a new normal as they transition to a four-year residential institution from its roots as a two-year commuter college.

With Corvias, CCGA is achieving its philosophy to build more than a campus, but a community. They are not offering students just a classroom, but also a commitment to develop a culture of inclusion and student success. Within this Partnership Corvias built 218 new beds and assumed operations of 352 beds in the existing Lakeside Village residence hall.

CCGA’s unique coastal location provided challenges that were fundamental to the design choices made in designing and building Mariner Village. To accommodate the costal topography the plans for Mariner Village utilized a low-impact design, green infrastructure and raised the foundation of the building above existing grade so to create a positive water flow away from the building. Another key factor in our planning and engineering was Corvias’ commitment to LID and use of green infrastructure throughout all aspects of the project design.

Mariner Village has a coastal Mediterranean influence that blends into the existing architecture and design of the campus. Mariner Village features state-of-the-art social spaces for collaboration and activities, community kitchens and laundry rooms, quiet study rooms, an electronic access system, and a mixture of two and four-bedroom suites with both private and shared sleeping areas and shared bathrooms. This combination allows CCGA to accommodate varying student preferences and needs. In addition, as per the request of CCGA the new building houses administrative office space, a conference room, secure mail area and package pick-up, general storage, and 100 parking spaces along with outdoor recreational areas. Since no convenience store or retail space was recommended by the CCGA, Corvias placed vending space and water-bottle filling stations on each floor for the students. The new development not only increases the inventory of on-campus housing, but also provides more diversity in the options available to students, ultimately supporting and advancing CCGA as a residential campus.

To promote a greater sense of community Mariner Village also has more than 4,300 SF of “Chat,” “Gather,” and “Connect” spaces throughout the residence hall to further enhance student interaction and engagement. An approximately 1,750 SF “Greet” space is provided at the main entrance in the central node of the building. The Greet area is a unique entry way that encourages involvement and socialization by offering informal study and meeting space, as well as student-staff interaction. The Greet area contains a CCGA accent wall, reception desk, and seating.

There are also large gathering areas for activities and collaboration located in the central node both on the second and third floor. These flexible spaces contain moveable furniture that can be arranged to accommodate a variety of uses and needs.

Corvias was dedicated to creating an engaging community for the students but also an ecofriendly community both in production and practice. Corvias used locally harvested, extracted and/or manufactured in Georgia material such as brick and carpeting to develop Mariner Village. While developing Mariner Village Corvias utilized green spaces for connecting corridors and open space and minimized the impact of impervious areas by utilizing bio-retention areas to enhance water quality and to reduce the rate of runoff.


Through sustainable site design and planning, Corvias incorporated an advanced stormwater solution for effective and natural filtration and direction of rainwater. Harvesting natural rainwater for reuse contributes to the strategy of reducing overall water consumption by at least 15%, meeting a mandatory requirement of 2 Peaches for the Georgia Peach Green Building Rating System.

Corvias Is dedicated to creating a campus community for all students, faculty and staff to enjoy. We pride ourselves on the award-winning operations and maintenance (O&M) we offer. We go above and beyond the traditional O&M in such ways as daily inspections and cleanings of all amenity areas ensuring that any needed repairs are identified and addressed so that carpet, wall finish, and furniture are always kept presentable. We manage housekeeping and room turnover for Mariner Village, keeping it up to our standards (an APPA 2 level). At Mariner Village, we have also developed a customized preventive maintenance program specifically for the unique needs of a new student residence hall located in close proximity to the coastline and the resulting weather conditions.