January 4, 2005
05-002

Charles Harmon Director of University Relations

Ribbon cutting ceremony set for VSU's Centennial Hall

Just slightly more than six months after ceremonially breaking ground on June 29, 2004, Valdosta State University will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony for Centennial Hall on Thursday, January 6, at 11:30 a.m.

Centennial Hall East, which is opening to students this Spring Semester, is part of VSU's privately funded $35.6 million new student housing and renovation project. The facility houses 348 beds and is the first of two new buildings totaling 518 beds. The second building, Centennial Hall West, is scheduled to open at the beginning of Fall Semester 2005. The location of the new buildings is on eight acres of land on Sustella Avenue, adjacent to VSU's Student Recreation Center. In addition, the overall project includes the renovation of two existing residence halls, Lowndes and Patterson.

The VSU Real Estate Foundation I, LLC is responsible for the development, construction and financing of the project. Valdosta State University, through its Office of Auxiliary Services and Housing and Residence Life Office, is providing overall management services of the housing.

Ambling Companies, Inc is the developer of the housing project with architectural services provided by IPG Architects for the renovation and Niles Bolton Architects for the new portion of the project. Juneau Construction is providing construction services for the renovation efforts and Ambling Construction Company is handling the new construction.

Following Thursday's ribbon cutting ceremony Centennial Hall will be open for tours until 1:00 p.m.