Ideas and innovation are not the only things flowing from the new University of Georgia Innovation Hub. Athens and UGA campus maps and documents dating back to the 1800s reference a spring that played an important role in determining the location for the university and even Athens itself.

Although water continued to flow underground, the historic spring was covered up during the 1860s. The exact location of the spring’s water vault remained a mystery until the recent renovation of the Innovation District’s Spring Street Building, when UGA architects and researchers discovered it using ground-penetrating radar. Its preservation was woven into the facility’s master plan.

Learn more about UGA’s Innovation District initiative to build a comprehensive entrepreneurial and innovation ecosystem that drives economic development.