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VSU's multimillion dollar makeover

May 15, 2007

Valdosta - With almost 11 thousand students, Valdosta State University had a record high enrollment last school year.

And they expect that trend to continue into the future.  "Our master plan calls for us to grow to 16 thousand students in the next few years and we need to develop the facilities to accommodate these students, " say Rob Kellner, Director of Auxiliary Services at VSU.

The plan calls for the demolition of Hopper and Georgia Hall to make room for bigger residence halls.  "We're replacing them with higher density residence halls. 200 bed halls that will become 500 bed buildings."

And restoring the historic Reade Hall to it's original glory.  "Really try to pull out some of the features of the building that maybe over time since it was built in the 30's has been covered up," he says.

And with more students will come the need for more parking.

They will build two new parking decks over existing lots on Oak Street and Sustella. Each deck creating 1000 new spaces.  "Off campus of course you are always looking for a parking spot so that will make it a lot easier," says Junior Amber McAllister.

All the projects will be built to match the University's Spanish Mission theme.  "Just a number of things we're going to do to keep the culture of the campus the same and the architecture theme the same," Kellner says.

The cost? 120 million dollars.  But they say it's the price they must be willing to pay to keep the college moving forward into the future.

They will begin the project this summer which the demolition of Hopper Hall and expect all aspects of the project to be completed by January 2010.

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