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While you were gone: A brief list of what’s new at GRU

If you were off campus for the summer – or just too preoccupied with the heat to pay attention to what’s going on around you – you’re probably noticing a few changes.

Change is one of the constants here at Georgia Regents University, and though it can be a little startling at times, we’re pretty fortunate to be growing the way we are. As the state’s newest comprehensive research university, we’re becoming something truly unique by building upon the solid foundations of our legacy institutions. It’s not always easy, and some of it is far from convenient. But what we’ll have in the end will be the world-class university we’re all envisioning.

A major component of a world-class university is student housing, and if you’ve been to the Health Sciences Campus recently, you’ve probably seen the stair towers of two new residence halls rising up from the ground behind The Student Center. Soon, the wood framing will begin. On schedule to open in the fall of 2016, the undergraduate residence hall and graduate residence hall will house 700-plus students combined.

Beginning at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 12, students will move into the existing housing at University Village and Residence 4. Traffic delays are expected, especially around Residence 4 on the Health Sciences Campus. Traffic delays are also expected on and around Laney Walker Boulevard as work continues to improve the road and motorists are detoured to 15th Street, R.A. Dent Boulevard and Walton Way.

A direct line for student housing questions is 706-729-2300.

Construction is ongoing on the Laney Walker Boulevard improvement project, which is on track to be completed by early 2016. The project will improve the safety and aesthetic of the 0.36-mile-length of Laney Walker between 15th Street and R.A. Dent by narrowing the road from four lanes to two, adding raised crosswalks and new landscaping buffers. Bike lanes will also be added in each direction. The improvements will decrease pedestrian travel from curb to curb and reduce the number of pedestrian mid-block crossings.

To check the status of campus projects, visit the Facilities web page by clicking here.

Phase one of The Student Center dining services expansion is close to completion. Starbucks, Simply-to-Go and Chick-fil-A will return with a few surprise options, and the Atrium Food Court will be open for dining in. Once phase one is complete in September, phase two will begin which involves new flooring, updated finishes and furniture renovations to the dining area and second floor of the Student Center. Phase two will be complete in Spring 2016.

A new, direct shuttle from University Village will accommodate students on a four-night meal plan, and the attached Wellness Center, which celebrated a renovation earlier in the year, will have extended hours at the beginning of the school year.

And the beginning of the school year will also see an increase in some of our important student health services. Student Health will continue to have extended hours at the beginning of the year to help students after 5 p.m. The Counseling Center has hired a new director and psychologists to provide greater mental health services. All counseling appointments will be scheduled through the Summerville office, but the counseling staff will be available on the Health Sciences Campus in Student Health to see students.

And while parking is one of those issues that always gets people talking, parking at the Health Sciences Campus has gotten safer with the addition of new parking lights installed in Lot 69/70. Earlier in the year, 220 parking spaces were added to the lot, bringing the total to 310 spaces. The lot is served by the Jaguar Express Gold Route, which serves the seven stops of the southern area of the Health Sciences Campus.

For information about transit system routes and a link to the Traxx transit information app, click here.

 

Laney-Walker Blvd. detours in effect

Vehicles are being directed to detour around Laney-Walker Boulevard because enhancement work has begun on the .36-mile stretch between 15th Street and R.A. Dent Boulevard.

Instead of utilizing Laney-Walker Boulevard through Georgia Regents University’s Health Sciences Campus, through traffic has to travel 15th Street, R.A. Dent Boulevard and Walton Way.

Signage and barricades are up at each end of Laney-Walker notifying motorists of detours, and will remain there through the project’s six- to eight-month duration. Barricades are up, and flagmen are in place to aid motorists and pedestrians.

Access to the university’s Student Center, the Kelly Administration Building, Central Distribution Warehouse and the Cancer Center will be maintained throughout the project and managed with signage and flagmen.

The Cancer Center’s adjacent parking deck will also be accessible throughout the project.

Parking lots 3 and 11 should be accessed from the west end of Laney-Walker from 15th Street. Parking lot 14 should be accessed from St. Sebastian Way.

The enhancements include narrowing the road from four lanes to two, adding raised crosswalks and new landscaping buffers. Bike lanes will also be added in each direction.

The improvements will decrease pedestrian traffic from curb to curb; reduce the number of pedestrian mid-block crossings; eliminate the need for crosswalk guards in the morning and evening; improve driver visibility; and improve Americans with Disabilities Act accessibility for GRU personnel and the community.

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Laney-Walker enhancements to begin soon

Over the next six to eight months, the stretch of Laney-Walker Boulevard running through the heart of Georgia Regents University’s Health Sciences Campus will undergo a transformation.

On May 11, crews will begin work to improve the safety and aesthetic of the .36-mile-length of Laney-Walker between 15th Street and R.A. Dent Boulevard by narrowing the road from four lanes to two, adding raised crosswalks and new landscaping buffers. Bike lanes will also be added in each direction.

The improvements will decrease pedestrian travel from curb to curb; reduce the number of pedestrian mid-block crossings; eliminate the need for crosswalk guards in the morning and evening; improve driver visibility; and improve Americans with Disabilities Act accessibility for GRU personnel and the community.

Motorists will be temporarily detoured around the impacted section of Laney-Walker for the duration of the project. Signage will be placed at each end of Laney-Walker May 4-May 5 to notify motorists of upcoming detours.

Through traffic will be directed to travel 15th Street, R.A. Dent and Walton Way instead of Laney-Walker. Access to the Student Center, the Kelly Administration Building, Central Distribution Warehouse, the Cancer Center and Cancer Center parking deck will be maintained and managed with signage and flagmen.

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