FAMU Buildings Get New Looks

Fall 2011 unveiled numerous construction projects on campus to improve campus aesthetics.

The start of the new semester marked the opening of two renovated men dormitories: Sampson and Young Halls. For the science students and science-based classes, Jones Hall was also re-opened for student and faculty access.

The Florida A&M bookstore has also been renovated.

“The bookstore is now more efficient for students who stay on campus and off campus…because it offers more of a variety,” said Niguel Woods, a fourth-year psychology student from Ocala, Fla. and bookstore employee.

The bookstore expanded its food section, and offers frozen food items, slushies and personal items for men and women. There is also a new cosmetics section and a larger area for clothing and electronics.

“The staff and students have responded in a very positive way,” said Woods. “A perk of having this new space is the ability for students to be able to pinpoint what they need easily because everything is in a specific section.”

The bookstore and Jones Hall are just the beginning.

“We have more than $54.5 million in construction underway,” said Sharon Saunders, chief communications officer at FAMU. “These projects are going to enhance our ability to serve our students in education and pharmacy.”

Several projects are already in construction.

The new Gore Education Complex, former home to the College of Education, will be an estimated $14 million in cost. The renovations are in progress and the project is scheduled to be finished in Spring 2013.

The Pharmacy Phase II will cost approximately $31 million and the site work is also in progress. It is also scheduled to open in Spring 2013.

The FAMU Health Care Center in Crestview, Fla., will cost an estimated $9.5 million and the building remodeling is in progress. It will be completed Fall 2012.

For more information on new construction projects visit http://www.famu.edu/index.cfm?FacilitiesPlanning&ContactUs or contact the Associate Vice President Construction and Facilities Management, Joseph Bakker, at (850) 412-7800.