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.