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New campus buildings coming to ASU

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -Albany State students will see some major improvements to their campus. Construction should start next year on a new student center and dorms.

The lot next to the ACAD building won't be empty long. Soon a $23 million dorm building will sit there. Just across campus, a multi-million dollar student center will sit on the hill and snake around the cafeteria. Sophomore Jennifer Ballard is looking forward to it.

"It's going to be a big improvement than the one we have now because it's not that big and there's really nowhere for us to eat right now so that would be good," said Ballard.

The nearly $17 million student center will have a ballroom, study area, bookstore, lounging area, eating rooms, and a game room equipped with pool tables. The amphitheater used for concerts and other entertainment events will sit on the same hill as the dinning hall.

"It's a very interesting design making great use of the space and it's right in the hub of activity for students," said ASU Fiscal Affairs Vice President Larry Wakefield

The proposed 50,000 square foot building is more than twice the size of the current student center. Student fees will increase from $76 to $100 to help fund the project.

With a 95 percent occupancy rate, Wakefield says it's time for the mixed suites and apartment style dorms that will house 600 students - freshmen and returning students.

"Everybody is excited about the projects because they have great looking designs and they're really going to add some locations on campus that will be attractive to students and help us recruit additional students," Wakefield noted.

The campus will eventually tear down Wiley and Gibson halls which are nearly 30 years old and sit in a flood plain.

The Board of Regents has approved construction of the new student center and student housing. ASU will use bonds to finance the $46 million projects. University leaders hope they'll be ready by fall 2012.

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