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“This is an exceptional university filled with outstanding students, but there was no clear front entryway to announce that the university is here,” said KSU president Pamela Whitten at Monday’s ribbon-cutting ceremony. “This landmark represents the pride and passion our community has for KSU and helps welcome students, faculty, staff and visitors to our campus.”
There’s also signage located on both sides of the Kennesaw State University Road entrance, matching that of the signs at the school’s Marietta campus. Illuminated silver letters spelling out the institution’s name sit on top of the 5-foot-high wall. Both sides of the entrance are lined with six LED-illuminated light tubes. Aluminum plaques featuring the “KS” logo in gold and “Kennesaw State University” in black will be placed onto the brick bases on several of the columns.
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The Board of Regents approved the changes in May 2019. It cost $1.8 million and was completed by it’s projected January time frame.
Along with the signage, KSU also widened the sidewalk along the front drive to 18 feet. This created an adjacent public space. The lawn was also regraded to increase student relaxation space.
Environmental graphic designs were created by Atlanta's Huie Design, which is also responsible for the look of Alpharetta's mixed-use development, Avalon. Civil engineering and enhanced landscaping came from Duluth's Columbia Engineering and Services.
The new signage comes months after KSU students in the Master Craftsman program used their skills to create signage for the bike sharing station Aviation Park.