College of Coastal Georgia
The CCGA and Corvias’ 40-year partnership is part of the nine-institution wide, unparalleled University System of Georgia (USG) Public-Private Partnership (P3) to develop, construct, renovate, manage, and maintain new and existing student housing. Of the 218 new beds built at Mariner Village, Corvias also assumed operations of 352 beds in the existing Lakeside Village residence hall. Mariner Village features state-of-the-art social spaces, community kitchens and laundry rooms, quiet study rooms, an electronic access system, and a mixture of suites with shared bathrooms. In addition, the new building houses administrative office space, a conference room, a secure mail area, storage, and outdoor recreation areas. As no retail space was recommended, Corvias proactively placed vending and water-bottle filling stations on each floor for convenience to students.
The full USG portfolio is financed with $548.3 million in taxable bonds, through Goldman Sachs, and $13.1 million in Corvias equity. In this structure, Corvias was able to defease $311.5 million in long-term debt from USG’s balance sheet. Additionally, the program includes established Capital Repair and Replacement (CR&R) reserves that renovate or replace all housing in the partnership at least five times, following the initial development, ensuring a lasting, quality solution. CCGA will utilize $50 million in total development costs, and even with a 100% occupancy rate, operates on only an approximate $854,182 annually. Over the course of the partnership, CCGA is expected to contribute $159 million back to the local economy, through development, tax revenue, and the 26 jobs it supports.
Corvias is dedicated to creating an engaging community for the students, as well as an eco-friendly community, both in production and practice. Corvias used locally harvested, extracted and/or manufactured in Georgia materials, such as brick and carpeting, to construct Mariner Village. In addition, at Mariner Village, Corvias utilized green spaces for connecting corridors or open space, and minimized the impact of impervious areas by utilizing bio-retention areas to enhance water quality and reduce the rate of runoff. Through sustainable site design and planning, Corvias incorporated an advanced stormwater solution for effective, 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 for the Georgia Peach Green Building Rating System. Overall the project will meet Georgia Peach Green Rating System requirements of two Peaches.
OPERATIONS AND MAINTENANCE
Through award-winning operations and maintenance (O&M), Corvias manages housekeeping and room turnover for CCGA. Our high standards were immediately apparent when comments were made about how the facility “had never smelled or looked so clean.” Corvias goes above and beyond traditional O&M with daily inspections and cleanings of all amenity areas, ensuring that any needed repairs to the carpet, wall finish, and furniture are identified and addressed.
CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS AND COST SAVINGS
Corvias makes every attempt to extend the useful life of building components prior to replacement. At CCGA, nearly $53,000 of immediate impact capital improvement
funds were dedicated to upgrading bedroom ceiling fans in the existing hall. Through careful management of repairs, rather than replacement, the program saved $30,000, which was reinvested into other improvement projects, such as replacement of toilet supply lines, renovation of a sanitary pump station, and re-coring of all doors in Lakeside Village.