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New GSU residence hall a 'model for the future'
Centennial Place rendering
Expected to be completed by July 2009, just in time for Fall 2009, Centennial Place will have 1,001 beds and feature numerous retail and food stores including Coldstone Creamery, Quizno's Subs, a print shop, an optometry store and more. - photo by Special
    Advances in design and planning will make Georgia Southern University’s new residence hall, Centennial Place, a model for the future, university leaders hope.
    Remember your college residence hall? Community bathrooms down the hall. Long hallways lined with crowded two-bed rooms. Everyone on your hall was a freshman.
    With Centennial Place, that is all changing.
    “We’ll have a mix of students in this residence hall,” said Vicki Hawkins, director of university housing. “The building will feature a variety of room types, from two-bed rooms to super-suites with individual bedrooms and shared living and kitchen space. And the best part: no more than two students to a bathroom.”
    Expected to be completed by July 2009, just in time for Fall 2009, Centennial Place will be staffed by two full-time residence hall directors, and 33 resident assistants will be appointed to oversee programming for students living.
    With multiple room arrangements at varied costs, Centennial Place will be available to students at all socio-economic levels. In addition to living space, students will have computer labs and classrooms, a multi-purpose room with a kitchen, and recreational areas with computer games, table tennis, pool tables, and other amenities design to bring the out of their rooms. Retail shops and a food court will also be included in the facility.
    “Some of the students living in Centennial Place will be grouped by major or interest,” said Hawkins. “With a gathering space on every floor, students will be able to study in groups and develop into a true living and learning community.
    "Residents will have wireless access to the Internet, but Centennial Place will also be hardwired for use of other technologies as well.”

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