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Armstrong Liberty Center in Hinesville officially opens

HINESVILLE, GA (WTOC) -

There are some pretty excited students in Hinesville as the new Armstrong Liberty Center officially opened!
 
It has a lot to offer, including state-of-the-art science labs with tables that raise and lower.
 
"There are some knock your socks off science labs,” said President Linda Bleicken, Armstrong State University. “Adjustable lab surfaces so that if you're standing you can use them or if you're sitting you can use them."

Crews broke ground on the new building September 2014 and students and faculty are happy it’s
now complete.

"Everybody was just about as excited as I am to be able to have so much more provided for us," said William Tee, sophomore, Nursing Major.
 
"I went up there and saw some student's reactions and they were like, 'Oh my God!  I hate that I took biology last semester,’” said Dorothy Kempson, Interim Director, Armstrong Liberty Center.  “So, they want to come back and take biology again so they can be in the labs.”

The new center offers more space for the students including a student commons area.  It also offers more space for faculty.

"I had one faculty member who came up to me with tears in her eyes and she said, 'In 23 years of teaching at the Armstrong Liberty Center this is the first time that I will have an office of my own,’" said President Bleicken.

School administrators say it's a much needed upgrade.

"Right now we have roughly almost 400 students and in the old facility it was kind of a tight fit so now they can spread out and have break out rooms to study in," said Kempson.

Staff is moving in next week and students will get to break in the new digs in January.

"We have so many more resources that we're able to utilize now and it's just a huge investment in our future," said William Tee.
 
Thursday was the official ribbon cutting ceremony and folks got to take a tour.

There was a good turnout including Hinesville Mayor James Thomas, Jr, Georgia State Senator Jack Hill and University System of Georgia Chancellor Hank Huckaby.

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