Robert S. Godlewski 2013-04-30 15:51:30
Ongoing construction projects transform campus “I can’t believe it.” “I had no idea.” “WOW.” It’s what you hear anytime someone steps on the campus of Kennesaw State University. With a national reputation already in business education, first-year programs and international engagement, Kennesaw State has become a school of choice for more than 24,000 students. But academics is just part of the equation. Over the past several years, Kennesaw State has built a true college campus complete with green space, sports and recreation facilities, residence halls, state-of-the-art classroom buildings and an award-winning dining hall. In just the past three years, the landscape of the University has changed considerably with a surge of construction projects that includes — The Commons (the Student Culinary Center), which opened in August 2009; Prillaman Hall (home of the WellStar College of Health and Human Services), which opened in August 2010; and the April 2012 opening of the third phase of the KSU Sports & Recreation Park, which includes club and intramural sports fields, a track, jogging/walking trail and an 8,300-seat stadium. And the growth is far from over. In addition to University Place II, a 451-bed residence hall, which opened in August 2012, and the $21 million Science Lab Addition, which opened in October 2012, the construction is already underway on the following projects: The Bagwell College of Education Expansion The $20.3 million expansion of the Bagwell College of Education serves to reinforce the fact that Kennesaw State is one of the top producers of teachers in the state. The expansion will accommodate Bagwell’s enrollment, which has more than doubled since the mid-2000s. The addition will adjoin the existing classrooms in Kennesaw Hall. When construction is completed in 2013, it will feature 17 fully equipped classrooms and contain 82,900 square feet. The facility will include eight state-of-the-art model classrooms for specialization in high-need areas, such as science and math and the new Birth-Through-5 degree program. Dr. Betty L. Siegel Student Recreation and Activities Center Named for the woman who led the University for 25 years, Betty L. Siegel, the new Student Recreation and Activities Center will more than triple the size of the existing 55,000-square-foot student recreational center built in 1967. When completed in 2014, the new 176,000-square-foot facility will house indoor and outdoor swimming pools, five basketball courts, a multi-activity court, eight tennis courts, a weight and fitness area, a rock climbing wall, an indoor track and expanded wellness center. The Bernard A. Zuckerman Museum of Art Set to open in fall 2013, the 9,200-square-foot museum adjacent to the Dr. Bobbie Bailey & Family Performance Center is named in honor of retired businessman Bernard A. Zuckerman, who provided $2 million of the $3 million project. The museum will house the University’s permanent art collection and serve as a cultural resource on contemporary art. It includes three exhibition galleries, as well as the Leo Delle Lassiter Jolley Foundation Collection Research Center and the Ruth V. Zuckerman Pavilion, a glass atrium devoted to the sculptures of Zuckerman’s late wife, who was renowned for her work in stone and bronze.
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