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.
“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.