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VSU dorm demolished to make room for academic building

By Jade Bulecza - bio | email

VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) –Valdosta State University says goodbye to an old dormitory to make room for a new academic building.

Construction of the new psychology and counseling building will start soon.

Construction debris from the demolished Converse Hall is being cleared out. Soon a new psychology and counseling building will be built in its place.

"When they open up the new building it's going to be better for students as far as commuting," said Tammy Redding, a VSU graduate assistant.

Redding runs frequent errands from the continuing education building, where the psychology and continuing education department is currently located, to the main campus.

"Our students unfortunately would have to travel each day to and from class probably an hour round trip if they added all their time into it," said Dr. Patrick Schloss, the Valdosta State University president.

Many students take the shuttle or drive. If you have to walk and depending where you are on the main campus, from there to the pyschology and counseling department could be close to a mile hike.

The new three story building will have classrooms, laboratories, administrative offices, and also a clinic.

"One of the great features will be the addition of a clinic," said Dr. Schloss. "The clinic will allow our psychology counseling students to meet with real clients and really make a difference under close supervision of the faculty."

"It would be very convenient," said Danielle Haugabrook, a VSU student.  "I like convenience a lot."

After the demolition phase is completed, construction of the 33,000 square foot building starts immediately. If Danielle Haugabrook chooses psychology as a minor she'll be happy she won't have to go too far for classes next year.

The five million dollar facility is expected to be completed next summer.

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