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ASU adds new buldings, updates sidewalks

By Patrick Fleming
On August 31, 2017

Photo by Axel Marcenaro
Happy to help, a construction worker waves to the camera at the new Shannon Clinic building site.

As ASU’s enrollment continues to increase, construction throughout the campus and the addition of new buildings is needed to maintain new and current students.

"The single and best reason is to increase your academic space. Quite frankly, that is why we did not have any construction for the last 20 years," Dr. Brian May, President of ASU, said. "There was no reasonable justification for such massive amount of work on this scale."

For the first time in 20 years, ASU has undergone a major amount of construction, which ranges to additional buildings to reconstruction of sidewalks and athletic facilities.

Construction for the Hunter Strain Engineering Laboratory began in Nov. of 2016 and with the ribbon cutting ceremony in Aug. of 2017.

The Archer College of Health and Human Services Building also began construction in the November of 2016. It will be finished in Feb. of 2018.

The building will house the nursing, physical therapy and social work programs.

"I feel the nurses’ building was much needed and we have a number of nursing students," Esteban Moreno, ASU said. "They’re making smart decisions, to be honest."

Reconstruction of the mall’s sidewalks, which begins at the Massie Residence Halls and ends at Centennial Village, took place during the summer before the fall semester.

However, weather hindered the completion of the sidewalks, but construction should finish by the end of the first week of the semester.

May said he appreciates the patience of both the construction workers and students.

Centennial Village, the residence hall on the east side of campus, began work during April of 2017 and is expected to finish by the fall of 2018.

A new press box and soccer bleachers are scheduled to be completed by December. The track was also renovated to incorporate the school colors, blue and yellow.

Anyone interested in this construction can actually witness the work themselves can do so online following the link,

https://www.workzonecam.com/projects/angelostate/angelostate/hhs .

Not only does it show everything as it is happening, but by pushing the link to "Time-Lapse Movie", people can see the sped-up version of the entire process.

was very needed, and we have a number of nursing students," Esteban Moreno, a senior at ASU said. "They’re making smart decisions, to be honest."

There has also been work done on the ASU mall sidewalks, or as they are more well known, the sidewalks from the Massie buildings all of the way to the University Center.

Though construction was slightly hindered by the massive amount of rainfall in the area, work on the sidewalks are nearly done now and should be finished by this week.

"Everyone’s been nice and very helpful," Dr. Brian May, the president of ASU, said, regarding both the construction workers as well as ASU students. "We appreciate their patience throughout construction."

When hearing about this, one may wonder how and why there has been so much construction work done in such short a time.

This would mainly be due to the massive increase of students attending ASU.

"The single and best reason is to increase your academic space. Quite frankly, that is why we did not have any construction for the last 20 years," Dr. May continued. "There was no reasonable justification for such massive amount of work on this scale."

This would also explain some of the work done on Centennial Village, which began work during the April of 2017 and should be finished by the fall of 2018. As of now, the building will have 162 beds.

Luckily, there is also a major amount of work being done on athletic pursuits, including new soccer bleachers, as well as a press box which should be finished in December of this year.

Finally, there was major work done on the track, which was redone in yellow and blue to match the university colors.

Anyone interested in this construction can actually witness the work themselves online by following the link,

https://www.workzonecam.com/projects/angelostate/angelostate/hhs .

Not only does it show everything as it is happening, but by pushing the link to "Time-Lapse Movie", people can see the accelerated version of the entire process.

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