Valdosta State University Breaks Ground on New Health Sciences and Business Administration Building
October 17, 2012

Construction has begun on Valdosta State University’s (VSU) new Health Sciences and Business Administration Building (HSBA) located on the school’s campus in Valdosta, Georgia. KBR Building Group is providing construction services for the LEED registered project — currently valued at $31 million.

On Thursday, October 4, KBR Building Group's project leadership joined the University and other team members for a formal groundbreaking ceremony. “We are looking forward to helping VSU realize the dream of three university presidents by delivering this new facility," said Jay Porter, project executive. "We are particularly proud of the fact that our subcontracting plan includes local, small and diverse subcontractors and suppliers, and look forward to a safe successful project." 

The 140,000-square-foot-HSBA — sited on the Rea and Lillian Steele North Campus — will house six Health Sciences programs: Nursing (including Dental Hygiene Program with Wiregrass Georgia Technical College), Communication Sciences and Disorders, Athletic Training, Exercise Physiology, Social Work, and Health Care Administration. The new facility will allow VSU to expand existing programs and develop new degrees to produce more healthcare professionals. Architectural design is being provided by Heery International and Ellis, Ricket and Associates.

The project is scheduled for completion by December 2013. 

Project Background

The vision for the HSBA building began under the leadership of Dr. Ronald M. Zaccari, Valdosta State president from 2002-2008, and it became part of the university’s 2004 and 2007 master plans. In the early stages, Zaccari began discussions with South Georgia Medical Center (SGMC), to develop a plan that would increase academic health care opportunities for the citizens of South Georgia and the state.

This is KBR Building Group’s second project awarded by the Georgia State Financing and Investment Commission (GSFIC) in partnership with the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia. In 2011, KBR Building Group completed a new School of Dentistry for the Georgia Health Sciences University (formerly Medical College of Georgia) in Augusta.