Take a Look Inside the Georgia Cyber Center’s New Hull McKnight Building
The Hull KcKnight Building of the Georgia Cyber Center has officially opened following years of anticipation for what is expected to not only be a catalyst for huge growth in downtown Augusta but a significant architectural and technological achievement on a national scale.
On Tuesday, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal cut the ribbon on the 167,000-square-foot facility (the campus will be double that once the second building is complete), part one of what was announced as the Nathan Deal Campus for Innovation.
“This is a historic day in Augusta, Georgia,” Deal said. “It is a historic day in the state of Georgia, and I believe it will prove to be historic for the entire nation.”
The building was named after Augusta business leaders James M. Hull and William D. McKnight and is the single largest state government cybersecurity investment, amounting to more than $100 million. The second building is set to be completed in December.
As for the Hull McKnight building, which is owned by the Georgia Technology Authority, the opening ceremony’s constant refrain was one of respect for the fact that the enormous facility was finished on time, just 386 days after its groundbreaking.
The four-story facility will house Augusta University, Augusta Tech, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Augusta-based incubator The Clubhou.se, the Georgia National Guard, and the University System of Georgia.
A 340-seat auditorium, an abundance of classroom and collaborative space, technological resources, a local coffee shop, and a rooftop with a view of the the Savannah River are among the highlights of the new campus, which will bring the academic, military and private sector arms of cybersecurity education and research all under one roof. The building even has a direct connection to a newly completed segment of the Augusta Riverwalk.
Here’s a look inside the facility: