New DNR re­gion head­quar­ters build­ing near­ing com­ple­tion

Game man­age­ment and fish­eries per­son­nel to move in be­fore Christ­mas.

Rome News-Tribune - - FRONT PAGE - By Doug Walker [email protected]

Ge­or­gia De­part­ment of Nat­u­ral Re­sources per­son­nel in the North­west Ge­or­gia area hope to move out of their old fer­til­izer shed and trail­ers into a new re­gional head­quar­ters build­ing be­fore Christ­mas.

Re­gion One Game Man­age­ment Su­per­vi­sor Chuck Wa­ters said the move is cur­rently sched­uled for Dec. 19.

The fi­nal touches are be­ing put on the build­ing on Floyd Springs Road, just a cou­ple of hun­dred feet be­hind the old head­quar­ters build­ing.

The new fa­cil­ity will bring game man­age­ment and fish­eries di­vi­sion lead­ers to­gether un­der the same roof. The new build­ing in­cludes of­fice space for the lead bi­ol­o­gists as well as work space for the tech­ni­cians when­ever they need to come in from the field — whether to do lab anal­y­sis, pa­per­work, or at­tend large staff meet­ings.

About a dozen full-time staff mem­bers will be housed in the build­ing, how­ever when field tech­ni­cians come in the num­bers could swell up to more than two dozen,

“It’s laid out a lot bet­ter,” Wa­ters said. “This (cur­rent build­ing) was a lit­tle bit of of­fice at one end and an open fer­til­izer and trac­tor shed for years. It was closed in by our own staff in the ’80s.”

The new build­ing will have game man­age­ment per­son­nel on the front hall­way, clos­est to Floyd Springs Road. The fish­eries per­son­nel will be lo­cated on the back hall­way. A large con­fer­ence room with an 88-inch flat screen for meet­ings is on one end of the build­ing while a smaller meet­ing room and new lab­o­ra­tory/anal­y­sis room is on the op­po­site end of the build­ing.

Re­gional fish­eries bi­ol­o­gist Jim Hakala said hav­ing the new ve­hi­cle stor­age build­ing on site will im­prove the ef­fi­ciency of his op­er­a­tion a great deal.

“Cur­rently all of our boats are housed up in Sum­merville at the hatch­ery op­er­a­tion,” Hakala said.

He said hav­ing ac­cess to the new lab would also be a tremen­dous ben­e­fit to some of their fish stud­ies, par­tic­u­larly ag­ing stud­ies.

Lovvorn Con­struc­tion out of Car­roll­ton is the gen­eral con­trac­tor for the project but has, at Wa­ters re­quest, used sev­eral lo­cal sub­con­trac­tors for the new fa­cil­ity, in­clud­ing Kevin Gur­ley Inc., a grading and paving firm, as well as White Con­struc­tion.

/ Doug Walker

DNR Re­gion One Game Man­age­ment Su­per­vi­sor Chuck Wa­ters re­views blue­prints for his new head­quar­ters build­ing in a lab sec­tion of the new fa­cil­ity that is slated to be ready to move in be­fore Christ­mas.

/ Doug Walker

Con­trac­tors work on the in­te­rior of the ve­hi­cle stor­age build­ing for the Fish­eries di­vi­sion at the new re­gional DNR head­quar­ters build­ing on Floyd Springs Road. The new build­ing is sup­posed to be ready for oc­cu­pancy be­fore Christ­mas.

/ Doug Walker

DNR Fish­eries di­vi­sion per­son­nel have been op­er­at­ing out of this trailer in Floyd Springs for over a year.

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