Local city leaders break ground on Albany Tech Carlton Construction Academy Wednesday

The groundbreaking for phase two of the Carlton Construction Academy took place Wednesday morning.

Photo: Kailey McCarthy

Albany Tech broke ground on phase two of the Carlton Construction Academy Wednesday morning.

The new facility will include upgrades to existing programs such as electrical construction and civil engineering technology.

According to Albany Tech President Dr. Anthony Parker, the 4.9 million project will add over 28,000 square feet of usable space to the academy.

The additional space will also allow for four new programs including green and alternative energy.

Parker adds that with the additional space, most of the construction programs at Albany Tech will now be located all in one place.

"They'll function the way that they function on a job site such as working together, completing projects, depending on one another and this is going to be a great opportunity to expand the construction industry in Southwest Georgia," said Parker.

In 2003, Albany Tech acquired the Carlton Construction Academy site through a donation from the Carlton family.

The facility currently holds space for classrooms, labs, facility officers and shared space for planning.

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