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VSU decks, dorm almost complete

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April 21, 2008

Valdosta - Enrollment at Valdosta State leaped to more than 11,000 students this year and the board of regents predicts those numbers will only get bigger.

To ease growing pains, the University is wrapping up two major construction projects and has more set to begin.

"We have to work with the construction but its good for Valdosta State so I'm glad to see that the school is upgrading," says Junior Teri Blades.

From new parking decks to new dorms, the school is undergoing a multi-million dollar makeover.

"Its going to be better and the park decks are going to help us out a lot so I'm excited about it," says Junior Jamila Braithwaite.

The new Hopper Hall is one of the most anticipated projects.  And it's just months away from opening its doors to brand new suites for students wishing to live on campus.

"To start with its about a 120,000 square foot difference. The old building housed 200 students. The new one will house 513," says Rob Kellner, from Auxiliary Services.  "We think its going to be very attractive for students. In fact, most of the students as they apply for housing, this has been their first choice."

But the construction won't end with Hopper Hall and new parking decks.

"We received approval to build our new union, build a replacement for Georgia Hall, which is another 200 bed residence hall, which we'll replace with 493 beds and then to renovate Reed Hall which is our oldest residence Hall on Campus," Kellner adds.

The total bill will be in excess of $150 million and all the projects are set to be complete by January of 2010.

The parking decks and new dorm are expect to open in August.

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