UPDATE | Cyber Center building two officially opens

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January 10, 2019
News 12 @ 6 O’clock / NBC 26 at 7

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- About 600 people attended the ribbon cutting to see the Cyber Center’s building 2.

While building 1 holds students and government agencies, this building will hold private companies.

For months building 1 of the Cyber Center has been open bringing students, government, and industry together.

Sharon Martin, Developer with Parsons Cyber, says there’s plenty of comraderies to go around.

"Parsons Cyber tries to hold a capture-the-flag event about once a quarter. Locally we encourage participation from students, we invite the Code Academy that's upstairs with the ClubHouse and we also send invites out to post."

Martin says work before building 1 was completely different.

"We have a lot of customers in the area and before we were having to spend a lot of travel budget coming down to talk to them and now we invite them over to the building."

Since they've called the Hull McKnight building home they've been able to reach more people.

"Its a lot easier for us to recruit so the ClubHouse holds meet up events. I’ll usually hit up the Code Academy and speak to the students and encourage them to apply," she says.

Now there's even more opportunity with building 2. The Shafer McCartney building will be a spot for new companies.

"We're making sure that when we're choosing these resident partners that everybody can work together, that we can have different ideas where academia, government, and private industry can come together to come up with solutions," says Todd Gay, Director for Outreach and Engagement for the Georgia Cyber Center.

And inside companies will have access to one very large screen and something they call a “makers space”.

"That's on the other end of the building with 3D Printing and laser cutting and come up with different prototypes and ideas and then you can take that idea and you can pitch it in the pitch space," he says.

Its an investment to benefit the whole state.

Right now they say there is a lot of interest from other companies to move in and there's a lot of paperwork being done but they don't have any official companies moving in just yet.



5:42 a.m.
AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- A ribbon cutting is expected to happen Thursday to officially open building two of the Cyber Center.

According to a release, Governor Nathan Deal will be speaking at the official ribbon cutting for the Shaffer MacCartney Building.



Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018
New 12 @ 6 O’clock / NBC 26 at 7

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- With just over two months left on building two of the Cyber Center, work is ahead of schedule.

“It was a fast track project just like the first building.”

By fast-track project manager, Adam Cobb means fast track. With less than a year to get the five-story building up, next to its neighbor, building one. While both look the same on the outside, the inside is different.

“Majority of building two is what we call core and shell so it's wide open,” Cobb says.

Inside, bathrooms, elevators, and stairwells are finished but the rest of the space on every floor is open for the future tenants.

“On the outside, you can see where we're finishing up on finishing touches of the veneer and windows and also hot and heavy with the asphalt operations behind me us. Curb and gutter and sidewalks and things of that nature, so the site is really starting to take shape."

New South Construction says about 150 people are working solely on building two. 200 total are working on the site including the parking garage which should finish next month

“It'll be bittersweet to finish up. We've been here over a year-and-a-half - so it becomes a second home for some of us,” Cobb says.

The possibility of a building three is not out of the question. There is a master plan for the whole property, right now, we’ll have to wait and see.

The tentative date for the ribbon cutting of building 2 is December 18th. The parking garage will be turned over to the city November 1st.