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Inside Bulloch Business - New year, new updates at Georgia Southern
Plenty of changes for 2018-19 at university
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Georgia Southern students make their way through the Russell Student Union as they return to classes for the 2018 fall semester Monday. - photo by By SCOTT BRYANT/staff

With Georgia Southern classes under way for the new 2018-19 academic year, seems like a good time to get an overview of the changes that will be welcoming the students as they return. Because of the consolidation, we will take a look at activity on the Statesboro and Armstrong campuses.   

* For the Statesboro campus, parking lot 42, the largest parking lot located near the I.T. Building has been resurfaced and redesigned. The second phase will happen next summer. Ultimately, the redesign will net between 115-120 additional parking spaces, provide better traffic flow and larger parking spaces.

* Eagle Dining services will introduce a food truck (actually a food trailer) this fall. It will serve the south side at Paulson Stadium on game day, but it's main purpose is to provide a mobile solution that hits busy parts of campus on specific days of the week. The food truck has a full catering kitchen and its own generator for ease of transport.

* All current snack vending machines on the Statesboro campus will be replaced as they adopt a contract that had been in place at Armstrong with Rawls Vending. 

* The Center for Engineering and Research is currently in the preliminary design phase for a three story, 132,000 GSF manufacturing engineering building with an anticipated construction mobilization of mid-December and construction to be complete by June 2020. 

* The Interdisciplinary Academic building is nearing completion. They are finalizing punch items and scheduling furniture move-in next month.

* Hanner Health & Kinesiology Improvements include the renovation of the existing 8,500 square feet facility at Hanner (old pool) in addition to addressing life-safety issues within the main arena. This project is currently in preliminary design, with construction scheduled to start next month. 

* South Campus Infrastructure construction continues with the completion of the first phase of roads and infrastructure soon. This project includes a new lighted boulevard with bike path and associated infrastructure, in addition to the paving of John Proctor Road.  

* Construction work is ongoing for a new two-story press box at the softball stadium, off Fair Road near the baseball stadium. It is scheduled to be finished by the end of September.

* At the Armstrong Campus, this summer Eagle Dining Services took over food services from Sodex, which had previously operated the Armstrong Campus.  They are working on plans to add a Chick-fil-A, Starbucks, Sushi with Gusto and GusMart convenience store concept on the Armstrong Campus. Starbucks and Chick-fil-A will not open until well into the fall semester.  

* GSU has implemented the same license-plate-recognition technology they have on the Statesboro campus to manage all of the parking lots at Armstrong.

* GSU will continue to honor inherited contracted operations at Armstrong as well.  Follett operates the bookstore. Corvias operates the housing and Memorial Health operates the health clinic. 

* GSU has completed the creation of an Office of Parking and Transportation at Armstrong that will also include the ID Card Center in a new building on campus.  Parking had previously been managed by Public Safety.  

* Health Professions Building/Ashmore Hall renovations have begun with new construction of a 63,000 GSF health professions academic center.  The center will include a large simulation lab, nursing skills and assessment labs, medical laboratory science and communication sciences and disorders.  Included in this project is a renovation of the 46,000 GSF Ashmore Hall (existing building) to house office space for faculty within the Waters College of Health Professions, as well as respiratory therapy labs and Biodynamics.  The construction is scheduled for completion in November and opening in January 2019.

* Renovation of the existing Pirate Athletic Center to accommodate student mentoring, tutoring, support needs.  Construction is scheduled to be complete by the end of September.

GSU is starting work on a new master plan for the university (all campuses). A kickoff meeting is scheduled this month and the study should be finished Fall 2019.