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SEU Welcome Center Groundbreaking

Southeastern University will be getting a new front door next year to welcome prospective students and guests.

Since the campus moved to its present location on Longfellow Boulevard in 1952, the Addison Building, which overlooks Lake Bonny, has served as the main administration building and reception center for guests. It was, in fact, the very first building constructed on the property.

Soon, a 27,000-square-foot Welcome Center will be constructed on the grassy area between Addison Hall and Lake Bonny. A groundbreaking ceremony for the new facility is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, February 22.

A Groundbreaking Place
“The Welcome Center will serve as the official front door for the university,” said Chris Owen, executive vice president of Southeastern.

When guests walk from the parking lot to the new main reception area, their experience on campus will be enhanced with improvements to parking and other special touches. New signage will be put in place by the main guard post (directly off Longfellow) that will direct guests to park in the Steelman Parking Lot, which will become a gated lot.

A new walkway will guide these guests to the Welcome Center. Along the path guests will learn the history of SEU through attractively designed signage, and spaces will also be created intentionally for photo opportunities.

About the Building
Once inside the Welcome Center, guests will be greeted by a 12-foot LED wall and interactive displays that will share the SEU Experience with visitors. For ease of interacting with prospective students and guests, both the Enrollment and Advancement Offices will be located on the ground floor.

Administrative offices will be housed on the second floor. The third floor will feature a banquet and catering facility that will be able to serve up to 400 guests.

Once offices have relocated from Addison to the new facility, renovations will be made to Addison to house the Registrar’s Office, Academic Advising, and the Business Office as well as other key department personnel. These departments are currently spread across the campus. The Pansler Alumni-Student Union building will continue to house Student Services.

An elevated glass walkway will connect the buildings above the existing circular drive.  “This will enable us to provide improved customer service to our students and their families,” said Owen.The three buildings will provide a one-stop shop for both new and prospective students.”

Building Our Future
SEU President Kent Ingle said, “The new facility is all about our students. We want them to have the very best experience. Everything we do is with our students in mind.”

The architect for the project is Jon Kirk of Kirk Curtis Mundy Hunnicutt Associates Architects, Inc., and general contracting will be done by Register Construction. Construction is scheduled to be completed in early 2019. In addition to the Welcome Center, an 8-lane NCAA track is also under construction around the soccer complex, with plans for the university to launch its inaugural track team in the fall.

The February 22 ceremony is open to the public. For more information, please contact the Office of Advancement at 863-667-5455.

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