Jay and Susie Gogue Performing Arts Center

Kara Coleman Fields | News Editor

The curtain is expected to rise at the Jay and Susie Gogue Performing Arts Center in August, when its inaugural season will kick off with a grand opening festival.
As summer vacation begins for many of Auburn University’s students, construction is heating up with major projects on campus scheduled for completion, or near-completion, before the start of the 2019-20 academic year.

Here’s a look at the expected changing face of the campus over the coming months, as provided by the Auburn University Facilities Management department.

South College Street parking deck

South College Street parking deck
The five-level South College Street parking deck will house 600 parking spaces.

The new parking deck on South College Street next to the Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center is scheduled for completion this month.

When the $15.9 million project is finished, the roughly 600-space deck will yield a net increase of about 400 parking spaces from what was previously in the hotel’s south surface lot.

The five-level deck will be used by Auburn University students, faculty and staff, as well as guests of the hotel and the future Tony and Libba Rane Culinary Science Center.

The project will include a crosswalk connecting campus to the new parking deck, according to a project update released by Auburn’s Facilities Management department in April.

Equestrian Facility

Another project slated for May completion is work on facilities used by Auburn’s national champion equestrian team.

Phase I of the project includes demolishing a barn and replacing it with a new one-story barn specifically designed for equine use. Horse stalls have been ordered and are expected to arrive later this month, according to the construction update.

The $5 million project also involves creating a team support facility with a locker room, training room and lounge.

Poultry Science Infectious Disease Lab

This month should also see the end of the Poultry Science Infectious Disease Lab relocation project, which moves the program from its Woodfield Drive location to the North Auburn Campus.

The $2.7 million project involves construction of a two-story, 5,000-square-foot building containing a laboratory and support space.

The Poultry Science Infectious Disease relocation is an enabling project for the Jay and Susie Gogue Performing Arts Center, according to the project update.

Graduate Business Building

Graduate Business Building
The Graduate Business Building will serve the growing needs of the Raymond J. Harbert College of Business.

The $45 million Graduate Business Building project supports the growing needs of Auburn’s Raymond J. Harbert College of Business, building on its existing graduate infrastructure.

The building is scheduled to be finished in June and will house the college’s Operations and Information Services groups as well as “flat-flexible and case study classrooms; a flexible studio lecture hall; an innovation lab; student study pods and team areas; various conference and reception style areas, and administrative offices for the college’s MBA program,” the project update reads.

Brown-Kopel Engineering Student Achievement Center

Brown-Kopel Engineering Student Achievement Center
The Brown-Kopel Engineering Student Achievement Center is scheduled to be completed in June

This project for the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering has a target completion month of June and a $44 million price tag.

The three-story building will include classrooms, maker space, student study spaces, a wind-tunnel laboratory, meeting and departmental spaces for academic advising, tutoring, professional development and industry engagement, according to the project update.

“The center will connect to the Gavin Engineering Research Laboratory via an elevated courtyard structure that will span between the two buildings,” the update reads. “The space underneath the courtyard will be ‘shelled out’ and used for future College of Engineering laboratory and shop expansion.”

Jordan-Hare Stadium suites renovation

The first phase of this project also has a target finish month of June.

The $4.5 million renovations to the third- and fourth-level east suites of Jordan-Hare Stadium will include operable windows and ceiling fans.

“Fourth-level operable window installation is underway and scheduled to be complete by mid-May,” according to the project update.

Student Activities Center

This $7 million project, renovating 33,400 square feet of the existing building, is scheduled to be finished in July.

“This project will provide a 1,200-seat multipurpose event space, to include an expanded stage, new lighting, theater equipment, acoustical treatment and event furniture,” according to the update.

Staining of the wood floor in the multipurpose event space is scheduled to begin early this month.

The Student Activities Center renovation also will put new athletic flooring in 19,600 square feet of the building, which will be used by the Auburn women’s volleyball team and the Office of the Provost.

Jay and Susie Gogue Performing Arts Center

August will see the start of a new school year as well as the opening of the Jay and Susie Gogue Performing Arts Center.

This $69.6 million project creates an 85,000-square-foot building that includes a venue that seats about 1,200 guests, as well as an outdoor amphitheater performance venue.

Installation of the exterior glass curtain wall in the lobby is under way, according to Facilities Management spokeswoman Martha Gentry.

Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit are scheduled to headline the Gogue Center grand opening festival Aug. 23.