STATESBORO, GA (WTOC) - Georgia Southern University held a ceremony Thursday to break ground on a new $37 million Biological Sciences Building.
The new facility will be more than 155,000 square feet. It will have 10 teaching labs and 15 labs with 31 research spaces.
Gov. Nathan Deal, GSU President Brooks Keel, local leaders, legislators were among those attendees at the groundbreaking ceremony.
The building, which will be located at the intersection of Akins Drive and Forest Drive, is scheduled to open in Spring 2013.
The current Biology Building was built in 1968 for a student population of fewer than 5,000, which is nearly one quarter of Georgia Southern's expected fall 2011 enrollment of 20,000 students, according to the university.
"Georgia Southern's goal is to leap forward as a serious research-oriented University while retaining our student-centered reputation. This new building will showcase scientific research and learning as it happens, providing our students with exceptional opportunities at all levels," said Brooks Keel, Ph.D. president of Georgia Southern University, in a statement. "This building is an investment in the future of science education and economic development in Georgia and it would not have been possible without the support of our local legislators."