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Start of year school year brings with it changes around campus

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With the start of the fall semester, there have been some changes around campus. Here’s an update on some projects on campus:

Correll Hall, the new Terry College of Business building near the intersection of Lumpkin and Baldwin streets, is open for fall semester. Named in honor of Ada Lee and A.D. “Pete” Correll, chairman emeritus of Georgia-Pacific Corp., the 74,000-square-foot structure houses 10 classrooms, a business innovation lab, a graduate commons and multiple project team rooms.

Construction continues on the $44.7 million, 122,500-square-foot Science Learning Center, located on the southwest corner of D.W. Brooks Mall, bounded by Carlton Street, Pharmacy South and the McPhaul Center parking lot. The facility will encompass 33 instructional labs, two 280-seat lecture halls and two 72-seat classrooms and is expected to be completed in July 2016.

Baldwin Hall is being renovated and adding a 10,800-square-foot annex. The addition will provide the School of Public and International Affairs with technology-enabled active learning classrooms; space for graduate teaching assistants to hold office hours with undergraduate students; and common areas for faculty, staff, students and alumni to convene for academic discussions, presentations and events. Work on the addition began in June and will run through May 2016. Renovations are expected to be complete in September 2016.

New turfgrass research and education facilities on UGA’s campuses in Griffin, Tifton and Athens are under construction. Outdated facilities on UGA’s campuses will be replaced with labs, greenhouses, classrooms and office spaces designed to keep the university at the forefront of turf breeding programs around the nation.

The UGA Veterinary Medical Center opened March 25. Located at 2200 College Station Road, the facilities encompass roughly 300,000 square feet and include an education building and a teaching hospital for large and small animals. The center houses a Veterinary Education Center, which includes a 160-seat auditorium and three classrooms. Expanded teaching and collaboration spaces also are located in the new Veterinary Teaching Hospital.

The new hospital will care for large and small animals and is more than double the size of the old facility and is outfitted with top-of-the-line equipment and improved functionality. Third- and fourth-year students will take classes and work at the new center. All learning spaces will be available to students for studying during non-class hours and can be reserved for seminars and special events.

The Ramsey Student Center is in the first stage of a renovation, which has included new paint, flooring and signage in the main lobby, spectator lobby, Gym Central, central offices and strength and conditioning rooms. The customer service desk in the main lobby has been re-oriented toward the center. There also will be digital signage and televisions added in the main lobby and several other spaces in the building.

Delta Hall, UGA’s new permanent residential facility located in Washington, D.C., was dedicated in February. Once a commercial office building, the 20,000-square-foot space is now capable of housing 32 students and additional faculty and staff. The three-story building includes classroom and study space, common living areas, conference rooms, kitchens and suite-style rooms.

There also were changes to spaces. Here are a few of the new locations:
• The Graduate School moved to Terrell Hall from its building on Williams Street in November 2014.
• The School of Social Work began a phased move into the former Graduate School Building on Williams Street. The move from Tucker Hall was completed in May, and the building been renamed the School of Social Work Building.
Several departments from the Office of the Vice President for Research are moving into Tucker Hall from offices in Boyd Graduate Studies, Riverbend North and the E-shop. Departments include research communications, Grant Smart, units from research compliance and units from OVPR Support Services.
• Contracts & Grants and the Office of Sponsored Programs also moved into Tucker Hall earlier this year.
• The Willson Center for Humanities and Arts moved from Psychology Building/Instructional Plaza to 1260 S. Lumpkin in January.
A group of Franklin College advisors moved from Memorial Hall into the space vacated by the Willson Center.

The UGA Police Department set up a large metal drop box last year to safely collect unneeded or unwanted prescription medications.

Installed next to police headquarters at the Hodgson Oil Building (286 Oconee St.), the box is available 24/7. It offers a secure location for anyone who wants to get rid of both legal and illegal substances. Individuals can leave the substances with no questions asked and no potential for criminal prosecution or other sanctions.

The Police Department also offers an “E-Commerce Safety Zone.” The clearly marked, well-lit place in the parking lot at the Hodgson Oil Building is for people making transactions with others they’ve met on popular Internet sites such as eBay, Craigslist and more. This space also has video surveillance.

Campus Transit has added a new bus route that goes out to the new Veterinary Medical Center on College Station Road. The Veterinary Medical Center Route has buses leaving every 15 minutes from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. during the fall and spring semesters. Buses leave the Riverbend/South Milledge route every 20 minutes from 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and will stop at the State Botanical Garden on request. Both of these routes replace the former River’s Crossing route, which no longer operates.

The bus stop at Four Towers (on the Visitors Center side of the street) is closed due to safety concerns. All buses now will stop at the Ramsey Student Center stop (the bus bay on the Ramsey side of the street). This change affects Orbit, East Campus Express, Night Family Housing and Night East-West routes.

There also have been changes made to the bus stop on Baldwin Street in front of the Fine Arts Building. Those changes and future ones include: cutting back tree limbs to improve sight lines to the flashing lights; replacing the bulbs in the flashing lights with higher intensity bulbs to increase visibility; the future installation of pedestrian-activated lights; improved signage that will accompany the new light standards; the bus stop (the painted curb) will be moved 30 feet up the street, away from the crosswalk, to improve sight lines for pedestrians who have previously had to look around stopped buses to see oncoming traffic; and future considerations include raising the crossing tables or relocating the bus stops to a completely different location altogether.

There also have been some changes to parking around campus.

UGA Parking Services converted the former small animal emergency clinic lot on Carlton Street into a new UGA permitted lot, S25.

A new parking lot in the previous location of Bolton Dining Commons is scheduled to open in September.

Lot W03 will close for parking in October/November for construction of the new Terry Business Learning Center.

Construction of the Baldwin Hall addition will mean fewer spaces in lot N07.

The East Campus parking deck will undergo structural maintenance in the next year, and parking will be impacted.

The E01 and Intramural Fields parking lots are now “plate only” spaces. Stickers and hang tags won’t be needed for registered parking customers.