February 17, 2009
09-029

Jennifer Tanner
Communications Specialist

New Student Health Center Opens at VSU

VALDOSTA - The Valdosta State University community will cut the ribbon on the school’s new Student Health Center at 5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 23, outside the new facility located at 200 Georgia Avenue.

The 27,000-square foot facility, which will replace the smaller, outdated health building, boasts a two-story lobby and waiting room as well as 18 exam rooms, three nurse stations, two observations rooms, a pharmacy, clinical lab, radiology suite and administration suite. The building was designed to be compatible with the architectural style across VSU’s main campus, featuring familiar stucco exterior, arched and punched window openings, exposed wood brackets and a clay tile roof.

Officials said the new facility was necessary for the university’s growing student population and the expanded options will allow medical staff to better care for student needs.

“The building is aesthetically pleasing while being extremely functional,” explained Dr. Daniel Messcher, director of the Student Health Center. “We will be able to accommodate future growth in the number of regular providers as well as a number of part-time specialists.”

Although the building began serving students in January of this year, the Feb. 23 event will mark the official celebration of this new step in VSU’s history. Representatives will attend from the architectural firm Lott+Barber of Savannah, program manager Carter & Associates of Atlanta and general contractor Juneau Construction Company of Atlanta. Members of the VSU and local communities are invited to join the group and tour the facility for an up-close look at its many attributes.

Call the president’s office at (229) 333-5952 to RSVP for the ribbon cutting.