Visitors who stop by Albany State University’s Student Center for the first time are awed by its architectural beauty, openness, modern interiors and exterior elevations. Since opening in August 2011 it has become a popular campus hot spot. Now, the facility and the team who oversaw its completion is receiving praise for its planning and design. The was presented to Larry Wakefield, ASU Vice President for Fiscal Affairs, James Oliver, ASU Director of Facilities Management, Anthony Pope, architect, Nancy Juneau, owner Juneau Construction and Kelly Wilson, Board of Regents program manager by the University System of Georgia at the 15th annual Facilities Officers Conference held in Savannah.
The award is given to projects that demonstrate originality and creativity. Judges said through “outside-the-box-thinking and ingenuity, ASU clearly accomplished its goal—but within an innovative manner. The recipient exudes excellence and quality work.”
The new center was designed around the existing dining hall creating a two-story addition, resulting in a campus focal point for students. The building houses a bookstore, extended food services, social and quiet areas, a game room and ballrooms complimented with offices occupied by the ASU Division of Student Affairs.
The facility also has a shaded amphitheater to accommodate outdoor events.
The Visual Arts Building at the University of Georgia received the “Innovation Award in Adaptive Use” and North Georgia College and State University received the “Innovation Award in Real Estate Development”.
Savannah State University received the “Regents Award of Excellence” for the Historic Circle Revitalization renovation project of the Camilla-Hubert/Adams Hall/Morgan Hall and the construction of new residence halls.
ASU’s Student Center was also honored with the “Outstanding Design Award” in the student center service area by American School & University Magazine in the August 2012 issue and with a “Citation of Excellence” award in the Colleges and University category in the fall 2012 issue of Learning by Design Magazine.
For more information about the innovation award contact the Office of University Communications at (229) 430-4671.