From The President
Our university continues to be a major contributor to the revitalization of downtown Atlanta as we develop our campus to serve the needs of our students, faculty and staff. Our footprint in the heart of the city continues to grow.
We will break ground this summer on the second tower of the Petit Science Center, adjacent to the first tower at the corner of Decatur Street and Piedmont Avenue. Demand for highly focused research space far exceeds our inventory, and we expect the first phase of this facility to open in summer 2015. Projected tenants in the facility will be focused on biomedical research and will work in open laboratory spaces shared by multiple investigators. We believe this unique configuration will facilitate collaboration and yield path-breaking discoveries.
In January, the Alumni Association moved into a terrific new space at 60 Piedmont Ave., adjacent to Centennial Hall. The three-story building houses office, events and meeting space and will enable our alumni to visit campus more conveniently. The first floor of the building houses the Alumni Association staff, while the second story is dedicated to the Student Alumni Association, which now has more than 2,200 members and continues to grow.
Construction is well under way on our new College of Law building at the corner of Park Place and John Wesley Dobbs Avenue. The seven-story facility should be completed in spring 2015 with classes beginning in it in fall 2015.
We’re evaluating options for expanding our on-campus housing inventory as demand for student housing has steadily increased year after year. The waiting list this past fall exceeded 500 students, and that was at the same time the first phase of the privately owned and managed student housing development, One12 Courtland, opened. The strongly growing number of Georgia State students living on and next to campus is breathing new life into the heart of our city.
Georgia State is in a dynamic period of improvement and expansion, and it is extremely important that we provide first-class facilities to meet the needs of our community. In enhancing our physical plant we’re contributing to the increased vitality of downtown Atlanta. We are a campus without boundaries, and we never lose sight of that.
Mark P. Becker President