ROME, Ga., May 15 /PRNewswire/ -- The Chick-fil-A-sponsored WinShape
Centre(R) Foundation and Berry College held a special ceremony today to
celebrate the ongoing conversion of the college's Normandy Complex into the
WinShape Retreat Center, a newly designed conference and retreat facility that
will be located on Berry's Mountain Campus. Although the redevelopment
project already has begun with the transforming of the interiors of the
Normandy buildings into meeting and lodging facilities, today's ceremony
officially launched the construction of two new buildings that were included
in the Normandy Complex's original architectural plans but were never built
when the buildings were first constructed in the 1930s.
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The 300-person WinShape Retreat Center will host church, corporate and
marriage enrichment retreats throughout Berry's academic year, as well as
WinShape's summer camp for girls when school is not in session.
The two new buildings, which will provide additional lodging for the
retreat complex, are part of the initial phase of construction for the
WinShape Retreat Center. In addition to these buildings, this section of the
new Retreat Center will feature a 78,000-square-foot campus that will include
a quadrangle of seven buildings, including a dining hall, reception area and
dormitories that also can be converted into bed and breakfast-style bedrooms.
Chick-fil-A anticipates completing the first stage of construction in the
spring of 2003.
The second development phase will focus on improvements to the Retreat
Center grounds and recreational areas, including the construction of a new
auditorium and the extension of the pond and hillside that lie adjacent to the
Retreat Center. Additionally, a covered equestrian arena at Berry's Gunby
Equine Center and a recreational walking/bike path linking the college's main
and mountain campuses already have been developed.
The WinShape Retreat Center will retain the architectural style of the
original Normandy facility, which previously served as the college's dairy as
well as housing for the school's faculty and staff. Resembling buildings
found in the French countryside, each spire-topped building features a red-
tiled roof over white-painted brick structures.
"Much time and effort are being made to convert the historic Normandy
Complex into a top-quality retreat facility, without compromising or
disturbing the beauty and architectural features of the original Normandy
setting," said Chick-fil-A Senior Vice President Don "Bubba" Cathy, who is
spearheading the WinShape Retreat project. "We couldn't ask for a better site
for the Retreat Center that we have envisioned. The Normandy grounds provide
a natural, scenic setting for a truly unique retreat for a variety of family
and business-related functions."
"Berry and Chick-fil-A have enjoyed a longstanding relationship for nearly
two decades," said Berry College President Dr. Scott Colley. "Both
organizations strongly believe in building programs to develop young people.
The WinShape Retreat Center will complement the other initiatives we have in
place that promote a positive influence on both young people and adults, and
also will be an attractive, park-like setting where visitors can go to
strengthen marriages and families, or to hold corporate meetings."
Dr. Colley added that the WinShape Retreat also will have a positive
impact on the local community, as it will serve as a much-needed meeting and
retreat facility for businesses and organizations in the Atlanta, Birmingham,
and Chattanooga triangle. "Floyd County currently does not have a facility
that is able to host large groups, and the WinShape Retreat Center will be the
perfect venue to fill this void."
The WinShape Centre Foundation has retained Atlanta-based architectural
design firm Surber, Barber, Choate, and Hertlein Architects, Inc. to manage
the redevelopment project and has selected Gay Construction Company of Atlanta
as the general contractor.
Atlanta-based quick-service restaurant chain Chick-fil-A, Inc. and Berry
College have a long-standing relationship based on the shared desire to help
build character in the lives of young people. In 1984, Chick-fil-A founder
and chairman Truett Cathy worked with the college to establish the initial
programs of the WinShape Centre(R) Foundation in an effort to "shape winners."
The foundation supports the WinShape Centre(R) Scholarship Program, in which
WinShape and Berry College jointly sponsor a four-year scholarship program for
selected young people to attend the college on $24,000 scholarships; Camp
WinShape(R), a summer camp held at Berry for boys and girls; and WinShape(R)
Homes, a long-term foster care program established by Chick-fil-A founder
Truett Cathy. Two of the 12 current WinShape Homes are located on the Berry
campus, with a third home in development on the Mountain Campus.
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