Ribbons cut on new TROY facilities

Posted: Friday, 27 July 2007

EDITORS/NEWS DIRECTORS: Radio actualities of Barnes and Noble store manager Shawn Jannelle and Dean of Students Herb Reeves may be downloaded at http://www.troy.edu/news/radios. A photo gallery of high-res photos covering all of today’s events (commencement, ribbon cutting ceremonies, and board of trustees meeting) is available at http://www.troy.edu/news/photogallery/index.html.

TROY – Troy University officially dedicated two new facilities on its Troy Campus Friday, a residence hall and a Barnes & Noble University Superstore.

Following summer commencement exercises, the University dedicated its new four-building Trojan Village, a residential four-story complex that will add 524 new beds to the campus.

Situated on six acres of land on the campus’ western edge, Trojan Village offers apartment-style living arrangements in either two- or four-bedroom suites. Each suite consists of shared bathroom facilities, a kitchenette and private bedrooms, in addition to a common living room area. Each room is equipped with high-speed internet and cable television connections and the complex includes a convenience store, a fitness center and a student lounge.

Ground was broken on the University’s largest-ever building project on Aug. 4, 2006. Owned by the Troy University Foundation and leased to the University’s housing office, Trojan Village was designed and developed by Ambling University Development Group of Valdosta, Ga.

Whaley Construction Company of Troy served as the general contractor on the project.

The ceremony was opened by Dr. John Schmidt, senior vice chancellor for student services. TROY student Kurt Lee led an invocation, followed by comments from Mr. Charles Nailen, a Troy University trustee and chairman of the Troy University Foundation. Mr. Charles Perry, president of Ambling University Development Group, also provided comments. TROY Chancellor Dr. Jack Hawkins Jr. also brought remarks and made a number of presentations.

Following the Trojan Village ceremony was the dedication of the new Barnes and Noble University Bookstore – the company’s first academic superstore in Alabama.

The 11,000 square-foot facility includes state-of-the art point-of-sale and online sales technology and serves as the central hub in a system that includes bookstores on the University’s campuses in Dothan, Montgomery and Phenix City. A virtual bookstore is also operated for University College, providing TROY students in 13 time zones access to a full-service bookstore.

The $2.5 million renovation of the Troy Campus bookstore also included a new Trojan Theater ticket office and entrance on the south side of the Adams Center. Barnes and Noble College Booksellers, Inc., invested about $800,000 in design, fixtures, equipment and technology.

The bookstore also includes a Starbucks Coffee café that provides a full selection of specialty drinks, sandwiches, soups and desserts.

Participating in the ceremony were Dr. Schmidt, who provided a welcome and introductions and TROY Student Government Association Vice President Cody Ash, who provided the invocation. Board of Trustees President pro-tem Dr. Douglas Hawkins offered comments followed by Barnes & Noble Vice President of Stores Brian Stark, a TROY graduate. Dr. Hawkins also made remarks and a number of presentations.