With new construction adjacent to historic structures and adaptive reuses, Georgia State campus continues to grow hand in hand with downtown Atlanta.
➝ College of Law
The new College of Law building opened in summer 2015 just north of Woodruff Park at the intersection of John Wesley Dobbs Avenue and Park Place. Featuring a 230-seat moot courtroom and two roof terraces, the new building doubled the space for the College of Law’s classrooms, library, and faculty and staff offices.
➝ Creative Media Industries Institute
Thanks to a $22.8 million gift from the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation, Georgia State renovated the former SunTrust Bank building at the corner of Edgewood Avenue and Park Place to house the Creative Media Industries Institute (CMII). CMII was established to train a workforce, foster research and incubate companies for Georgia’s growing $9.5 billion digital media industries. CMII’s ultramodern facility opened in 2017 and features advanced production studios for animation, motion capture, 360-degree cameras, 3-D rendering, virtual sets, virtual and augmented reality, and more. Preparing students for careers that transcend traditional degree programs, CMII partners with Atlanta’s booming film, music and video game sectors to give students opportunities few other universities can offer.
➝ Georgia State Stadium
Georgia State acquired the 68-acre Turner Field property in 2017 with a vision to transform the former home of the Braves into new facilities for university athletics, academics and events. The former Turner Field has become Georgia State Stadium, the home field for Panthers football and the Atlanta Legends of the Alliance of American Football professional leave, and a baseball park will soon fill the footprint of the former Atlanta–Fulton County Stadium. Carter & Associates, the university’s private development partner, is converting acres of the surrounding area into housing, retail and office space. The largest project in university history, the development is expected to transform the historic neighborhood for generations.
➝ Campus Greenway
Georgia State is working on a pedestrian greenway that will swap concrete corridors for lush communal spaces throughout downtown. Courtyards and quadrangles will link Woodruff Park to the Petit Science Center, give Library Plaza new life, and sprinkle sun-kissed spots for studying and socializing along the way. Reflecting the university’s spirit of reinvention, the multimillion-dollar project begins with the removal of Kell Hall, Georgia State’s first building, which will make way for the path.
Steps from the State Capitol (right), the Petit Science Center, an ultramodern research facility, stands at the corner of Decatur Street and Piedmont Avenue.
➝ Petit Science and Research Centers
Featuring modern laboratories, offices and classrooms, the $150 million Petit Science Center opened in 2010 to house the university’s research programs in the health and life sciences, as well as the Neuroscience Institute. In 2016, Georgia State added the Research Science Center next door to accommodate the growth of the university’s biomedical research teams and projects. The advanced six-story, $45 million building hosts four principal investigators and other faculty and staff, as well as students and postdoctoral scholars. The facilities are named in honor of Parker H. “Pete” Petit (MBA ’73), Atlanta entrepreneur and philanthropist, who donated $5 million to start the science complex.
Behind the scenes with the School of Music’s production of Engelbert Humperdinck’s opera “Hansel and Gretel.”
➝ Rialto Center for the Arts
The best jazz, world music and dance artists from across the globe come to the Rialto Center, downtown’s cultural centerpiece. Once the largest movie theater in the Southeast, the first Rialto opened in 1916. The building was replaced in 1962 with a larger facility, which closed in 1989. Thanks to Georgia State’s $14 million renovation, the historic venue reopened in 1996 and now hosts a wide array of music and drama performances, art exhibits and festivals, education and community programming, and more.
➝ Student Recreation Center
Free to students, the ultramodern fitness and recreation facility features multisport gymnasiums, racquetball and squash courts, exercise machines, weight rooms, a climbing wall, running track, dance studio, game room, outdoor patio and more. The Aquatic Center features an eight-lane lap pool with a diving board, leisure pool, spa and sauna.
➝ University Library
The University Library houses more than 1.9 million physical volumes, 700,000 ebook titles, 140,000 serial titles and 300 online databases. Special collections document the history of the university, Atlanta and life in the South, with particular strengths in social change movements during the late 20th and early 21st centuries. The Atlanta Campus location offers seating for more than 1,900, 55 group study rooms, and access to leading-edge computing and visualization technology.