July 17, 2008
Georgia Southern University broke ground on its newest student housing venture, Centennial Place, after receiving approval at the University System of Georgia Board of Regents meeting in January. Construction officially began on February 1st by Hardin Construction Company, the project’s general contractor. RISE is the developer and Niles Bolton Associates is the architect for the project. “Centennial Place will be the largest single phase housing development that Georgia Southern has ever
built and is named in honor of the University’s celebration of its first 100 years. The success of this project is directly tied to and dependant upon our strong relationship with the University and the Foundation ownership team,” said Paul Morgan, Project Manager for RISE.
The four-building, 1,001 bed complex was designed for the new student generation, with spacious community areas that encourage interaction among residents, both indoors and out. Indoor areas include study rooms, laundry facilities, gathering space for each living cluster and central kitchens. Outdoor amenities feature a basketball court, sand volleyball, and areas designated for grilling. “We wanted to make sure that we have housing that is modern, up to date and full of amenities, which is what students are expecting,” said Vickie Hawkins, Director of Housing, Georgia Southern University.
Centennial Place consists of a total of 378,071 square feet, which in- cludes approximately 8,700 square feet of retail space. Open to the entire student body, this space will feature a school spirit store, Quiz- nos, Cold Stone Creamery, print shop, vision center and convenience store. Plans also allow space for management offices, smart class- rooms, tutoring center, computer lab and recreation center with multi- purpose space and kitchen.
“ … The building blocks for this partnership center around open and honest communication throughout the entirety of the project from its inception, through design, program- ming, construction and ultimately delivery of the product which we will all be very proud of and will celebrate,” said Morgan.