Chick-fil-A's WinShape Centre(R) Foundation Celebrates Next Phase Of Construction for WinShape Retreat Center at Berry College

May 15, 2002, 01:00 ET from Chick-fil-A

    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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