SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) - Georgia Southern University formally opened its new engineering building.
The new building gives engineering students a place to study some of the technology they’ll use in the work world. It also helps the university compete for top faculty, students, and grants.
Georgia Southern’s president told the audience that the building will help faculty and students do research that helps academics but also helps grow the region. The building totals 140,000 square feet with dozens of labs for different aspects of engineering. The largest lab could hold a 727 fuselage.
The university now boasts more than 2,500 engineering students and President Dr. Kyle Marrero says they need state of the art training to compete for top level jobs.
“The planning and design of this building was to help Georgia Southern students do what we believe they do best, which is hands-on learning and ready to enter the workplace,” Dr. Marrero said.
State lawmakers like Representative Jon Burns credited the late senator Jack Hill with helping Southern get the building along with the engineering program as well.
They say this building is just the latest milestone in one of the fastest growing parts of the university.