New Buildings Popping Up on Auburn University’s Campus During the 2019-2020 School Year
Auburn University has to keep up with a growing student and faculty population.
“At one point, we had almost $300 million and a million square feet of facilities under construction. So, there was a lot going on,” said Bill Hardgrave, Provost and Vice President of Student Affairs at Auburn University.
Going into this 2019-2020 school year, there were three major projects the university was finishing up.
The new graduate business building, the new Brown Copel Engineering Achievement Student Center and of course the Jay and Susie Gogue Performing Arts Center.
$40 million went into the new 100,000 sq. ft. classroom and meeting space for their new graduate business building.
“Team break out rooms, reading rooms and places students can hangout,” said Dr. Hardgrave.
$44 million went to the new 123,000 sq. ft. Student Achievement Center for the Engineering College.
Thanks in part to an initial donation of $30 million from 1957 graduates, John and Rosemary Brown.
“It’s almost like a mirage. The space being filled and seeing students walking around you can get a feel for how thankful they are to have this space,” said Rosemary Brown.
All three opening their doors this year.
Auburn University also has plans to build more classrooms, labs and offices for their future employees and students.
A new academic classroom and laboratory complex, which will open in Summer 2021, is a 151,000 sq. ft. building that will sit 2,000 students making it the second biggest classroom building on campus besides the Haley Center.
The university had to take down Allison Hall for the new building and Parker Hall next to it will come down once the ACLC is up and running.
“We just keep finding ways to keep our campus beautiful. Right now it’s loud and noisy, but when it’s built, when its all done, it will be beautiful for our students,” said Dr. Hardgrave.
A lot of changes, but all are excited for the continuing growth and future of state of the art buildings on campus.
“The rankings that just came out a week ago that we have the happiest students in the United States, I think this contributes to it. We have beautiful buildings for our students,” said Dr. Hardgrave.
The university is also expanding the rec facilities with lots of new fields and adding a new advanced structural engineering lab.
Additional dining facilities will also be adjacent to the ACLC.