The third phase of Georgia State’s Science Park, an eight-floor building of ultramodern, biosafety-commissioned laboratory space dedicated to the study of infectious disease, is set to get underway this spring. Occupying an entire city block, the Science Park already features the university’s most advanced research facilities. Its first phase, 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 to accommodate the growth of the university’s biomedical research teams and projects. The five-story, $45 million building hosts four principal investigators per research floor and other faculty, staff, students and scholars.
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.
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.
Top Image caption: A 1/8-mile track rings the third floor of the Student Recreation Center.
Bottom image caption: Steps away from the state Capitol (background), the Petit Science Center, an ultramodern research facility, opened in 2010.