Vice President for Business and Finance Robert Whitaker, left, Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management Teresa Thompson, Ph.D., Dean of the College of Health and Human Sciences Barry Joyner, Ph.D., University President Jaimie Hebert, Ph.D., Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Jean Bartels, Ph.D., R.N., Executive Vice President of the Student Government Association Valencia Warren and Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences Curtis Ricker, Ph.D., break ground on the new Interdisciplinary Academic Building at Georgia Southern.

Georgia Southern University is making way for a new Interdisciplinary Academic Building, for which University officials broke ground during a ceremony Friday.

University President Jaimie Hebert touted the new building as a symbol of growth and a means to further student success. The building will also serve as a home for Georgia Southern’s teacher scholars, faculty who are active in cutting-edge research but also committed to serving their students in the classroom.

The new facility will feature a 110,000-square-foot building with state of the art technology to house academic disciplines including Interior Design, Fashion Merchandising & Apparel Design, History, Foreign Languages, Writing & Linguistics, International Studies and other departments in the College of Health and Human Sciences.

From a press release from Georgia Southern:

“As with all of our growth, it’s about how to serve students in a more strategic way — expanding educational access, broadening programs and reinvesting savings into academics to improve student success, expanding our role as an intellectual catalyst for industry, working with companies here and throughout Georgia to promote innovation and growth. We know the mission with which we’re entrusted, and we know this facility will help us accomplish it,” said Hebert.

“The classroom spaces will serve as a model for modern pedagogy and will be a facility that encourages student-centered teaching and learning, providing opportunities for collaboration across disciplines on campus,” said University Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Jean Bartels, Ph.D., R.N.

Two temporary classroom structures, located between the Carroll Building and the IT Building, are being removed to allow for the construction of the new classroom building.

In 2015, Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal included $33.6 million in funding for the new classroom building in the state’s 2016 Fiscal Year Budget. The building is projected to cost $33.6 million to complete with construction costs of approximately $25.2 million.

Construction is expected to be completed by June 2018. The architectural firm is HOK. The construction firm is CPPI in partnership with Lavender.

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Jessica Szilagyi is statewide contributor for All On Georgia and Market Manager for Southeast Georgia. Her main focus with All On Georgia is state and local politics as well as agriculture. She’s served as a policy analyst at the State Capitol and as a campaign manager in political races across the state.

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