Friday, February 1, 2008

Space to learn and grow

Big things are poppin' in the Valley, to borrow a phrase from rapper T.I. One of those big things is a new science and technology education building, on which groundbreaking is set for this month.

The learning facility will house the latest in education technology - SMART classrooms which will be internet-ready with wireless ports and interactive whiteboards. FVSU's largest undergraduate science programs - biology, chemistry, zoology and physics - will relocate to the new building upon its completion before August 2009.

In addition to the science building, several expansion and renovation projects are in progress on FVSU's campus:

The 24-year-old Stallworth Building, which houses the College of Agriculture's research labs, is adding a biotechnology wing. A covered canopy will connect it to the existing facility.

Huntington Hall, circa 1908, Ohio Hall, erected in 1930, and Bishop Hall, 1932, are all receiving restoration work. The Wildcat stadium is receiving an overhaul, as well.

A new Family Development Center is coming to the wide-open spaces near the Health and Physical Education Complex, as will a new parking lot. The parking lot will be completed by the end of the year, and will help accomodate the Wildcats to come.

"If you build it, they will come," is the famous quote from Field of Dreams. In the case of Fort Valley State University, the students are coming as fast as the buildings go up.

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