Mercer’s Cecil B. Day Graduate and Professional Campus in Atlanta has been an important and strategic component of the University for five decades.
Over the years it has evolved from an undergraduate arts and sciences campus — acquired by the University when Atlanta Baptist College merged with Mercer in 1972 — to primarily a campus offering a range of graduate and professional programs and a select number of undergraduate degree completion programs serving almost 3,000 students.
Mercer’s Atlanta campus is in the midst of a multi-year transformation of its facilities and grounds. Among the capital projects recently completed and improvements currently underway or planned are:
Mercer Village Atlanta
Mercer Village Atlanta is a mixed-use development on Flowers Road South incorporating two buildings with student housing, University offices and retail space. Loft apartments were occupied in fall 2021. University offices — including a new Welcome Center — moved in during the first quarter of 2022, and retail buildout is ongoing, with a Z Beans Coffee opening late this fall.
Monroe F. Swilley Jr. Graduate and Professional Library
Administration and Conference Center
The Administration and Conference Center is currently undergoing major renovations. The outdoor deck that surrounds the building is being rebuilt and will feature landscaping and seating areas. Other interior renovations are ongoing.
Moye Pharmacy and Health Sciences Building
The new Moye Pharmacy and Health Sciences Building is under construction, following a formal groundbreaking on May 17. The new facility, the main component of a $36.8 million construction project, will house learning, teaching and administrative space for the College of Pharmacy and further facilitate interprofessional initiatives involving the University’s four health sciences schools. Completion is scheduled for late 2023. The project also includes renovation of an additional 18,500 square feet of space in the DuVall Building to expand labs for the College of Pharmacy’s rapidly growing research activities.
Campus wayfinding and building identification signage was replaced during the summer of 2022 to facilitate more efficient campus vehicular and pedestrian navigation.
Across the core of the campus, hardscaping and landscaping are being refreshed over the next two years. Most of the landscaping and some of the hardscaping will be replaced in an area bounded by the Pharmacy Administration Building, Duvall Hall, Swilley Library, the Business and Education Building and McAfee School of Theology Building, as well as around Davis Hall and Day Hall. The cafeteria’s outdoor dining area will also be expanded, and improvements will be made to better connect the Administration and Conference Center to the rest of the campus.
This story appears in the in fall 2022 edition of The Mercerian. Feature photo: Mercer’s Atlanta campus. Photo by Matt Smith