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Wednesday, July 12, 2006

FVSU breaks ground for new dormitories

Fort Valley State University is getting all new dorms for its students.

At a groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday morning on campus, hundreds of administrators, students, alumni, politicians and building project officials celebrated the beginning of construction.

By the 2007 school year, the $42 million project is expected to be complete with six new buildings, including an amenity facility with a convenience store, office space and indoor recreation area. The five dormitories will have about 950 beds in a complex on nine acres.

Developing the residential village aligns with the university's recruitment efforts, said Fort Valley State University President Larry E. Rivers.

"Parents want to see their children in clean, state-of-the-art facilities," Rivers said.

Since Al Foster, the director of plant operations, has been at Fort Valley State, $500,000 has been spent each year to repair dorms, including fixing air conditioning, replacing tiles, renovating bathrooms and putting in new windows, he said.

Foster said the new housing, coupled with academic programs, can only mean more students for the institution.

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