FAMU breaks ground on new student center

FAMU breaks ground on $39 million student center 1
FAMU breaks ground on $39 million student center 2
FAMU breaks ground on $39 million student center 1
Posted at 6:05 PM, Jun 08, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-08 14:41:04-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - Florida A&M University broke ground today on a new student center.

University officials say "the Center for Access and Student Success" building will be a "One-Stop Shop" for students.

But the project is still in need of considerable funding for completion.

FAMU still needs more than half of the funds estimated to finish this project, but Thursday, the university celebrated ongoing development on campus that will benefit students for years to come.

The 82,500 square foot building will be built on Wahnish Way next to Gibbs Hall and Gaither Gym.

The university says it has $16 million of the $39 million needed for the project, and are depending on donors, alumni and state legislators.

The building will house financial services, the registrar and health services, among others which are currently scattered around campus.

Interim President Dr. Larry Robinson says the center continues to show how the university continues to improve for students.

"The fact that we are at this critical point, you can see and feel the excitement by the people here in attendance this afternoon," said Dr. Robinson. "But, more importantly, for those students who are here and who are going to be coming in the future, you can only imagine what this project when completed will mean to them."

The university expects the design of the center to be complete by November. FAMU has applied for state funding for the project, with the goal of opening the center in the fall of 2019.

WTXL has covered more development at FAMU in our "Building Tallahassee" series.