GS Auxiliary Services to undergo renovations this summer

Taylor Moore

After over a year of planning and preparing, Georgia Southern will be renovating select on-campus housing and other buildings for the upcoming school year this summer.

Michael Head, director of facilities, housing and auxiliary services said he is very excited about the upcoming renovations.

“This will be a busy summer for our facility group. Our young eagles that will be coming this fall should be pleasantly pleased,” Head said.

GS housing is committed to the support of student learning in a residential community.

“This is my first year living on-campus and it’s been a great experience. I’ve enjoyed everything that on campus housing has to offer. It’ll be great to come back after summer to newly renovated living,” Sarah Tuz, sophomore public relations major, said.

On-Campus renovations

Southern Pines, Southern Courtyard and Freedom’s Landing will all receive painting of all exterior staircases, landings, breezeways and balconies. A new roof and maintenance and repair to all exterior trim will also be done at Freedom’s Landing.

University Villas will receive new windows, alarm systems, exterior painting of all trim work, surveillance system and upgraded wireless and cable TV infrastructure and coverage. The renovation of the clubhouse lobby will take place at Kennedy.

Centennial Place will receive new emergency electrical generators adding emergency power to all life safety systems in the event of power outage. This has already started and will be completed by June 2017.

Georgia Southern is also applying for a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) grant to request fund assistance to supply this same emergency response need during power outages at other housing complexes on campus and the two dining facilities.

Auxiliary Services renovations

Georgia Southern will also perform renovations within the Auxiliary Services department. Chick-Fil-A and Starbucks will receive a total space and equipment renovation.

Head said that the department strives to keep on-campus living arrangements well maintained and clean for students.

“We are constantly preparing and upgrading our facilities to always be ‘facility ready’ for our students and staff,” Head said. “These planned renovations and upgrades allow us to continue to follow our internal operational road-map of being facility ready for all student needs.”

According to Head, in addition to these renovation projects, the Georgia Southern facility team also addresses its normal cleaning and repair of over 15,000 apartments within a 17-week period.

Directly after Operation Move-Out, (the days in which students move out of on-campus housing for the summer) and in preparation for Operation Move-in (where first year and returning students arrive on campus before fall semester), the team must keep up with the fast moving camps and conference programs that also use the housing spaces over the summer period.

Tanner Clark, freshman biology major, is a fan of on-campus housing.

Clark said, “I already enjoy living on campus, so I’ll be impressed to see how everything is after the renovation.”