UGA Driftmier Engineering Center Phases 1-4

Originally built in 1966, the Driftmier Engineering Center at the University of Georgia underwent a major renovation to support education and research in eight engineering disciplines. Leapley revitalized 42,500-sf in Phases 1-2 to create two new auditoriums, student gathering spaces, restrooms, wet and dry laboratories, and tech-forward instructional spaces. While building upgrades to the mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protections systems and improving accessibility to the new spaces, Leapley delivered a unique fume hood room that is shared by the wet labs to provide storage and setup space for programmatic flexibility of some of the dry labs. Currently delivering Phases 3-4 of the renovation, Leapley continues to partner with UGA to enhance this dynamic learning environment where future engineers lead the nation in devising innovative solutions to global challenges.

Project Details:


Athens, GA


Phases 1-2: 42,500
Phases 3-4: 21,000


University of Georgia

Design Team:

Cooper Carry


Merit Award, Build Georgia Awards, AGC of Georgia (Phases 1 and 2)



Alan discovered his passion for construction as a student at Auburn University – through civil engineering coursework and field experience with the cooperative education program. In the 17 years that followed, he managed many healthcare construction projects for a national general contractor before joining Leapley Construction in 2011 to manage operations of the growing business. Alan is a hands-on leader, a focused and decisive builder, and an advocate for sustainability. Since 2012, he has served on the board of directors for the Lifecycle Building Center to promote the reuse of construction materials and reduce construction waste in landfills. Under his leadership, Leapley safely delivers award-winning projects on-time and within budget in three focused commercial interior markets.


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Recognized as a Most Admired CEO by the Atlanta Business Chronicle, an Outstanding Woman in Construction by Construction Business Owner Magazine and one of Atlanta’s “Top 500” leaders by Atlanta Magazine, Meredith Leapley leads with integrity and compassion. Raised in Maryland, Meredith moved to Atlanta in 1999 and founded Leapley Construction to prioritize people throughout construction. Since then, through her involvement with CREW Atlanta, WBENC, CoreNet, Big Brothers Big Sisters, GSU WomenLead, Atlanta Women’s Foundation and Crafting Futures Together, she has maintained that focus and nurtured the business to deliver meaningful impacts to the community while earning annual revenues in excess of $120 Million.