KSU breaks ground on English addition

The groundbreaking for the new English classroom/office addition will take place Wednesday…

Georgia (Nov 4, 2003) — KSU breaks ground on English addition

Karen Kennedy


Contact: Frances Weyand‚ Director of University Relations‚ 770−423−6203 or fweyand@kennesaw.edu
Writer: Karen Kennedy‚ 770−423−6203 or kkennedy@kennesaw.edu

KENNESAW‚ Ga. — The groundbreaking for the new English classroom/office addition will take place Wednesday‚ Nov. 5 at 2 p.m.‚ outside the Humanities Building at Kennesaw State University. The 32‚000−square−foot addition should be ready for occupancy before the opening of school in fall 2004‚ due to the “fast−track design build process” being used.

Using the fast−track process‚ various segments of the design‚ bid and build process happen concurrently. For example‚ while the site is being prepared and the foundation poured‚ bids are being accepted for the structural steel package and some of the design work on the interior of the addition is still going on. The budget is $4.6 million.

All of this simultaneous work doesn’t mean that the addition is being designed on the fly. The overall plan is generally in place. The addition will have 15 classrooms of various configurations‚ including electronic classrooms; 43 faculty offices; and office space for the English department. Plans also include space for a courtyard and future poetry garden.

“The English addition is a much−needed facility and we are pleased to be working collaboratively to bring this building online using a fast−track design and build process‚” said Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences Dr. Linda Noble. “The building has been designed to integrate well with the Gazebo area‚ existing buildings and the proposed new Social Science Building.”

The Facilities Group is serving as executive architect on the project‚ overseeing both the design and building of the addition. The architect is Hellmuth‚ Obata & Kassabaum Inc.‚ of St. Louis and the contractor is Whiting−Turner Contracting Co. of Baltimore.

English Department Chair Dr. Laura Dabundo summed up the feelings of the entire department when she said‚ “We are thrilled about the new classrooms‚ offices and technology that will be available to us in such an attractive‚ well thought out and well designed addition.”


Kennesaw State University is a comprehensive‚ residential institution with a growing student population of nearly 17‚500 from 123 countries. The fourth largest state university out of 34 institutions in the University System of Georgia‚ KSU offers more than 55 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.


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