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Auburn University breaks ground for building the first-ever freshmen-only classroom facility

AUBURN, Ala. –Auburn University President Jay Gogue will officially break ground for the new freshmen-only classroom facility at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 10, on the green space east of Jordan-Hare Stadium. The event is free and open to the public.

Auburn’s new facility will be the first-ever freshmen-only classroom facility built in Alabama.

Gogue says, “Research has shown that freshmen are better students when they can study and learn in peer groups than when they attend classes mixed with upper classmen.”

The 50,000 square foot building will be in the green space to the east of Jordan-Hare Stadium and to the west of the freshman dorms in the Quad. Inside the learning space will be classrooms filled with the latest technology, space dedicated to group study and a coffee shop for socializing.

The facility will not only be high-tech, but also environmentally friendly. The building will fit the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building standards, which reinforces the pledge by Auburn University to make sustainability one of the guiding principals at Auburn.

“The LEED standard is a green building certification program that recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices and saves money and resources while promoting renewable, clean energy and having a positive impact on the health of occupants,” said Director of the Office of Sustainability Mike Kensler.

Following the groundbreaking ceremony, the project will begin on March 1 and is expected to be completed before fall semester 2018.


Auburn University has provided instruction and education to students for more than 150 years and provides over 140 degrees to more than 27,000 graduates and undergraduates. Auburn researches strive to make constant changes to the campus for the most up to date and efficient learning community. For more news about Auburn University’s higher learning community, go to

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