|The Lassiter Student Center was one of several PBA buildings that received renovations during the summer.|
While students were away for the summer, workers at Palm Beach Atlantic University were busy readying classrooms, offices and residence halls with new paint, furniture, flooring and exterior landscaping.
Returning PBA students also will notice the absence of two non-classroom buildings. The former Health and Wellness building at 1218 S. Olive Ave. has been demolished to make room for a new parking lot near Memorial Presbyterian Church. The Health and Wellness offices were relocated to Oceanview Hall last year.
Also, a structure at 303 Jefferson Road on the southern end of the campus was demolished in anticipation of the installation of new campus entry signage.
In the heart of PBA’s campus, the Lassiter Student Center received a new tile roof, fresh paint on the first floor, extensive first-floor bathroom renovations and new furniture in the lobby, administrators said. Also, air-conditioning system upgrades were completed in the dining hall and kitchen.
In addition, work crews repainted the Oceanview Hall first-floor lobby and replaced the furniture. The sixth- and seventh-floor lobbies and hallways also were enhanced.
Other improvements around campus include:
♦ Renovation of the Johnson Hall lobby
♦ Interior painting, replacement of the base molding and replacement of the furniture at the University Counseling Center in Okeechobee Hall
♦ Replacement of 240 classroom chairs in the Lloyd L. Gregory School of Pharmacy
♦ Replacement of carpet in Vera Lea Rinker Hall
♦ Completion of underground infrastructure work and installation of light poles at the Rinker Athletic Campus
The new year also will bring the addition of new academic programs, including a bachelor’s degree in ministry that will be offered entirely online. The program is designed for students whose life situations do not allow them to attend classes on site, such as those already serving in ministry in remote areas with limited access to theological training.
Meanwhile, the School of Communication and Media recently began offering a major in public relations. The major requires its senior-level students to develop a complete public relations campaign for a community organization or business.
New and transfer students began arriving on Wednesday, and returning students come back on Friday. Classes officially begin on Monday.