New student housing and parking decks coming to KSU
President Betty L. Siegel and a team of KSU administrators attended the June meeting of the Board…
Georgia (Jun 14, 2001) — New student housing and parking decks coming to KSU
President Betty L. Siegel and a team of KSU administrators attended the June meeting
of the Board of Regents Wednesday to hear the Regents officially approve new student
housing and parking decks for the campus. The Regents' actions marked a milestone
in research and planning for new facilities at Kennesaw State.
On a motion from Regent Michael Coles‚ who also serves as chairman of the KSU Foundation‚ the board unanimously approved ground lease agreements for the capital improvement projects.
"This is a banner day for Kennesaw State University‚" President Siegel said after the vote. "Years from now‚ our future students‚ faculty and staff will see June 13‚ 2001 as the day that forever changed our campus."
The board formally set aside 14.3 acres of land on campus for the purpose of constructing‚ owning and operating student housing for KSU. The plan calls for approximately 700 beds‚ initially in a configuration of several facilities constructed along Marietta Drive. Vice President for Business and Finance Earle Holley indicated the approved housing units represent the first phase of a comprehensive housing plan for the university.
"Ultimately‚ when our plans are concluded‚ we might look at 2‚000 beds‚ both on and near campus‚ officially dedicated toward student housing‚" Holley said.
Siegel added‚ "This is a wonderful first step in the university becoming a residential campus‚ with all of the benefits to be received from this major change. It will be a change of high significance to us academically‚ socially and culturally."
The Regents also officially sanctioned using two tracts of land totaling approximately 5.4 acres for the purpose of two parking decks with some 1‚550 new spaces for students‚ faculty and staff. Design funds for the decks were approved and funded by the governor and General Assembly during the 1998 session of the legislature. Holley said with a growing university‚ so too comes an increased demand for parking. "We simply could not continue to grow without new parking facilities. These spaces will allow us to accommodate new faculty‚ staff and students in the coming years‚ and we are very excited about this new infrastructure."
Both the student housing and the parking deck projects will be constructed and managed under a unique arrangement with the KSU Foundation. The foundation recently has undertaken a process to begin selection of an administrator to oversee each project. KSU Foundation President James A. Fleming‚ working with specially established committees under the Foundation Executive Committee‚ said the process would produce an excellent administrator‚ who will be able to construct the facilities within the budget and time deadlines required by both the Regents and the KSU Trustees.
Fleming noted‚ "We hope to make our selection known in the near future. Our executive committee‚ under the guidance of Special Building Committee Chair Tommy Holder and Jake Sanchez‚ chair of the Special Foundation Facilities Committee‚ has lent its considerable business skills to make these projects work."
Siegel praised the work of the Board of Regents‚ Chancellor Stephen Portch and the Regents' staff‚ administrators at KSU and members of the foundation for their respective roles in the actions taken on Wednesday. "Beginning with former Board of Regents Chairman Ken Cannestra‚ Chancellor Portch and Vice Chancellor Bill Chatham‚ and continuing through the current Chairman Glenn White and our own Regent Michael Coles‚ I want to offer my sincere thanks‚" Siegel said. "This has been complicated work of great significance to Kennesaw State University. We are forever indebted to their dedication to task and hard work on behalf of KSU.
"I also want to thank our own staff at KSU for their expertise and diligence. VP Earle Holley‚ Associate Vice President for External Affairs and University Relations Gordon Harrison‚ Kathy Alday‚ chair of the campus committee on student housing‚ VP for Student Success and Enrollment Services Nancy King and Student Government President Nels Peterson all played key roles in the actions concluded today. They are all heroes on campus and should be commended for their extremely fine work."
"Finally‚ I want to thank the KSU Foundation‚ under the leadership of Chair Michael Coles and Jim Fleming. Their work‚ in conjunction with the special committees set up to administratively handle the implementation of the facilities‚ has been absolutely critical to the progress of the work. This is a foundation running on full steam‚ with so very much expertise and initiative to offer the university. We all are very appreciative of their work on our behalf‚" Siegel added.
Construction will begin on the two projects as early as August‚ with completion in the spring or summer of 2002. Occupancy of the dorms is expected in the fall of 2002.
Kennesaw State University‚ a progressive‚ comprehensive institution with a growing student population of 13‚500‚ offers more than 50 degree programs. Out of 34 institutions‚ KSU is the sixth largest in the University System of Georgia.
A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its nearly 43,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the country and the world. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu.