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Campus expands as student population grows

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Published: Aug. 9, 2017 at 7:05 PM EDT
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Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017 / News 12 First at Five

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) – Construction, we see it happening all over Augusta. It starts with our roads, housing infrastructure.

Construction means growth.

"If we decide that we're not gonna take a look at roads, and infrastructure, and housing, and things like that, it's gonna be difficult,” said Walter Sprouse, Executive Director of Augusta Economic Development Authority.

It’s hitting Augusta’s academic community too. Augusta University is growing its math and science program.

The Board of Regents approved $70 million for a new building.

“The math and science building is a really exciting step forward for us,” said AU’s Chief Business Officer Tony Wagner.

A step forward to moving the Math and Science programs from the Summerville Campus to the Health Sciences Campus, closer to downtown and the cyber center.

"It'll allow us to not only grow our science programs, but it'll also allow us to grow the other programs on the Summerville campus," said Wagner.

It’s all part of the university’s Master Plan. By 2023, school officials say they hope this building and others are done, and that enrollment is up by at least 20 percent.

For students like Megha Kalia, the growth on campus is a signal of diversity.

"You get to see people from all around the state, all around the country, and they bring so many personal stories and backgrounds, and I think that contributes to this population. We get to learn from each other,” said Kalia.

This comes as AU is also growing its cyber program, and the construction of the Georgia Cyber Innovation Center, just a few miles away from where the new math and science building will be.

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