Georgia Southern Readies a New “Centennial”

July 30, 2009

STATESBORO, GA (WTOC) – Georgia Southern University president Dr. Bruce Grube said bricks and beds are some of the only things Centennial Place has in common with the dormitories of the past.

“It is clearly not your mommy or daddy’s place or where your grandparents went to college,” he said. “Georgia Southern is such a size and a status now that this is almost expected on our campus.”

He and other campus leaders got their first look weeks before students arrive. Apartments and suites make up the 1,000 student spaces there and replace three old fashioned residence halls.

Suites feature pairs of private bedrooms that share a bathroom and living room. The lobby includes a video game center where students can play head to head or against other players online. Security cameras monitor halls and common areas.

“Parents tell us the number one reason they want student on campus is security and safety and then it goes to convenience,” explained University housing director Vickie Hawkins.

It doesn’t get more convenient than in-house computer labs and even classrooms where professors will teach some smaller introductory courses.

Students will be able to complete projects in the lab or their personal computer then send it by network to the campus print shop.

If that wasn’t enough, throw in Cold Stone Creamery, an ice cream shop, and Einstein Brothers bagel eatery.

Another space nearby will include an eye care center. All three shops sit on the first floor. The university expects these brand-name retailers to more than pay for themselves.

“I think we conservatively budgets $750,000 a year. I expect it will be more than that,” noted GSU Auxiliary Service director Tom Palfry.

Georgia Southern began work on Centennial Place after the 2006-2007 school year, which also marked the school’s 100th birthday.

They demolished Johnson, Olliff and Winburn Halls, which served GSU co-eds since the 1960s.