Facilities master plan presented

A new “front door” to campus along Frey Road‚ with a 2‚100−space parking deck to serve as a welcome mat‚ is just one of a multitude of new facilities included in an ambitious master plan that will build−out the main campus in the next two decades.

Georgia (Apr 15, 2005) — A new “front door” to campus along Frey Road‚ with a 2‚100−space parking deck to serve as a welcome mat‚ is just one of a multitude of new facilities included in an ambitious master plan that will build−out the main campus in the next two decades.

"The availability of funding will impact how quickly the campus is built−out‚" John Anderson‚ director of facility planning and design services‚ said. "We're anticipating that the main campus will accommodate approximately 25‚000 students‚ and we're trying to accommodate an additional 10‚000 students at satellite facilities and that includes online learning."

The new parking deck‚ which will be built on the surface lots north of Kennesaw Hall‚ will provide parking for visitors‚ faculty‚ staff and students‚ Anderson said‚ noting the current visitors lot will one day be home to a new health sciences building and an academic learning center.

"In addition to the new parking deck in the north lots‚ the master plan also calls for several additional buildings to be constructed there‚" Anderson said. "Those buildings are less defined at this point‚ but they will primarily be for education‚ business and the arts.

"This plan maintains our campus precincts‚ and each precinct will be able to expand with this plan."

Additions to the student center‚ library and the yet−to−be−completed new rec facility are also included in the plan‚ Anderson said.

With one of the lowest square−footage per student numbers in the University System of Georgia‚ these new facilities are desperately needed‚ according to Vice President for Academic Affairs Lendley Black.

"The excitement of what we're doing is dovetailing the facilities master plan‚ with the strategic master plan‚" Black said. "We're not just saying we need space‚ but rather‚ this is the kind of space we most need."

The new health sciences building is at the top of that list‚ Black said‚ as is the university's first satellite facility to be constructed across Chastain Road. The $10 million project will be an early childhood education facility that will house a Montessori−type school for children age six weeks to five years. The school would serve as a hands−on teaching lab for early childhood education undergraduate and graduate students.

"Education in particular is hurting desperately for space‚" Black said. "We are under a demand to double the number of teachers we produce to help meet the educational needs of Georgia."

With the master facilities plan 80 percent complete‚ Anderson said such details as cost estimates and priority order are still being compiled‚ however‚ once the built−out of campus is complete‚ the price tag will be in the hundreds of millions of dollars.

"We're hoping to build these facilities in the next 15 to 20 years‚ but I wouldn't be surprised if it took 20 years to build−out the campus‚" Anderson said. "The problem is always just funding."




 

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