October 9, 2008
VALDOSTA — While construction on the new Georgia Hall has already started at Valdosta State University, the official groundbreaking was held Wednesday.
The original dormitory, built in the 1960’s, was torn down earlier this year. The new Georgia Hall will have 494 beds in two- and four-bed- room suites.
President Patrick Schloss said that the university is in the middle of a construction boom when most schools are cutting costs and rolling back spending.
The students who will live in the future hall will be accustomed to amenities that were not features in residence halls built in the 1960’s and 1970’s, he said. Keeping students on campus will improve retention rates at the university, Schloss said.
Through a partnership with RISE, Juneau Construction and VSU, more than 2,100 beds have been renovated or built on campus, Curt Fowler, vice president for RISE, said.
Nancy C. Juneau, chief executive officer of the Juneau Company, said that Georgia Hall will be the sixth building the company has either renovated or built on the campus.
The housing facility will feature a SMART classroom that will accommodate 40 people, a game room, a multi- purpose room and other common areas. The projected cost of the project is $22,850,000.
RISE and Carter Development are the developers for the project, and Niles Bolton Associates is designing the hall. Construction on the project will be by the Juneau Company.
The university’s funds for the construction are through public-private ventures with the sale of tax-exempt bonds.