Innovative ‘Live, Study, Pray’ Episcopal Center Under Construction at University of Georgia

Diocese of Atlanta
Posted Apr 29, 2021

The Wright House at 980 Lumpkin Street, Athens, GA, future home of The Episcopal Center at UGA.

Construction is underway for a new Episcopal Center at The University of Georgia, which is expected to be ready for students in the fall of 2022.

The new building is being named The Wright House in honor of The Rt. Rev. Robert C. Wright, Episcopal Bishop of Atlanta, for his steadfast support for children, youth, and college ministries.

“This is an amazing project and a new concept for college ministry,” Bishop Wright said at the April 23 groundbreaking. “I am humbled that it bears my name.”

The Wright House will occupy the former site of Episcopal Center and chapel in the heart of The University of Georgia campus at the corner of University Court and South Lumpkin Street.

The Rev. Canon Lang Lowrey, who co-developed the property with Atlanta-based Pope & Land Real Estate, said The Wright House has features not found in traditional student living. “Our live, study, pray concept is new and allows all students to live more intentionally toward their life goals and calling.”

The 123-bedroom facility features bathroom parity (a bathroom for each bedroom) and will include, open breezeway hallways, sun-filled residences with balconies, onsite parking, bike storage, a fitness facility, study spaces, and an indoor common kitchen and coffee bar. It will also have extensive outdoor common areas adjacent to the building and on the green roof deck.

Residences will be available for lease this Fall for occupancy in August 2022.

The Wright House will be open to all UGA students but is designed to appeal to Episcopalian students who want to live near the resources of the new Episcopal Center as part of their UGA experience.

The Episcopal Center is a ministry of The Diocese of Atlanta that welcomes those of all or no faith or religious affiliation. The new Episcopal Center and chapel on the main level will serve as a multi-use facility for all residents of the Wright House. An Episcopal chaplain will live on site and be available to all residents.

Bishop Wright has guided the work of the Episcopal Church in Middle and North Georgia since becoming the 10th bishop of the Diocese of Atlanta in 2012. The Diocese of Atlanta includes 117 parishes, schools, and ministries in 75 counties of Middle and North Georgia.

The Wright House’s eco-friendly design was created by Athens architect Studio BNA. Athens-based Grahl Construction is the general contractor. Patterson Real Estate Advisory Group placed the construction financing with Delta Community Credit Union.

CollegeTown Properties is leasing and managing the community.