ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Albany State University's multi-million dollar Fine Arts building is just weeks from being completed.
After two years, construction crews were pounding in the final nails for ASU's new state-of-the-art facility.
"Kickoff point for the first full year being in a consolidated in a new institution," said Senior Vice President of Administration Shawn McGee, who gave us a tour of the $19 million building.
The more than 80,000 square-foot building houses nine studios,16 classrooms,12 teaching studios and office space -- all designed by faculty.
"They're very excited to see some of those plans come to fruition," explained McGee.
Before, students and faculty worked in an outdated facility with failing systems given it was located in a floodplain.
Now with the new technology and plenty of space for collaboration, faculty can offer a world-class experience to students, an important piece President Dr. Art Dunning said the institution needed.
"A big missing piece for Albany State University has been a big missing piece and that's what we have, this bills out the process," remarked Dr. Dunning.
Dunning said he's looking to integrate the campus with downtown Albany.
"I'd like to come in at any morning and any afternoon to see a buzz of activity around academic programs," explained Dunning.
The Fine Arts building should be ready by the start of the Fall semester.
School staff are planning a ribbon cutting later in the year.
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