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Big changes on VSU campus

June 14, 2005

Valdosta - The grounds of Valdosta State University have turned into one big construction zone. "We have about 28 contracted construction projects that are underway," said Charles Harmon.

The college is expecting a record enrollment this fall with an estimated 11,000 students, and to accommodate this growth, big changes are happening around campus. "We're just trying to gear up as we're building towards our next century," said Harmon.

Blazer Boulevard is the main traveling route through main campus, but soon, this area will be closed to all vehicles and made into a pedestrian mall. "It will be well lit, it will primarily be an area for people to communicate and be able to walk to class without interference from vehicles," said Harmon.

Other projects include new intramural fields at Sunset Park, additional conference rooms at the University Center, and something all students will be happy to hear about, more parking! An additional lot is under construction outside Nevins Hall. "That's a major project, we're adding about 133 parking spaces and we'll also have some new parking outside of the Admissions/Auxillary Services area," said Harmon.

They'll also be adding an ornamental fence along front campus facing Patterson, to make crossing the street a little safer. "We're trying to get students in the pattern of crossing Patterson at one or two points and hopefully the fence will help in that regard," said Harmon.

Most of the projects will be finished by the time fall semester starts, but some finishing touches won't be done until spring. All the construction may be a slight inconvenience for now, but university leaders say the end product will be worth the hassle. "We don't want to make things difficult for people in the community but we're referring to these as our points of progress and we want to make sure people understand what's going on at VSU," said Harmon.

They're changes that are necessary to meet the demands of this growing university.

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