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9 October 2015

Georgia Southern University Selects HOK to Design New Interdisciplinary Academic Building

The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia has selected HOK to design a new $25.2 million Interdisciplinary Academic Building on Georgia Southern University’s campus in Statesboro, Ga.

GSU_EntranceThis state-of-the-art classroom building will serve as the new face of Georgia Southern University.

The multistory, 110,000-sq.-ft. building will bring together a cross section of academic departments now housed in temporary buildings, including interior design, fashion merchandising, apparel design, history, foreign languages, writing linguistics, international studies and human ecology. The new buildings will also include food science and nutrition laboratories that support the university’s human ecology program.

“We are honored to lead a design team that is creating Georgia Southern’s new academic home,” said Todd Bertsch, AIA, LEED AP, vice president and design principal for HOK’s Atlanta office. “Our team is excited to work with the university to reimagine the student-teacher experience. This is an important project for their students, faculty and alumni.”

HOK’s design will encourage student-centered teaching and learning and will provide opportunities for campus-wide collaboration. Located at the heart of Georgia Southern’s campus along its “Pedestrium,” a pedestrian circulation route curving through the center of campus, the new Interdisciplinary Academic Building will be designed with flexible space that accommodates multiple learning styles and changing pedagogies. The flexible mix of formal and informal learning spaces will be easily adaptable over time.