CONWAY, SC (WMBF) - We have new details on the changing face of Coastal Carolina University as thousands of students are getting ready to head back to class. University officials say these projects won't just affect students, but the entire local economy.
It doesn't just seem like a lot of work, there is a lot of expansion construction work underway on the campus. By 2017, the university will have spent $256 million over a six-year period, and those dollars are all spent on construction and changing the face of the campus. Projects like tripling the size of the student center, and adding on more student housing, with buildings that will hold 1,200 new beds.
The goal is to make room for the growing number of students expected to enroll in the near future. The university wants to reach 12,000 students in the next few years. This goal really benefits everyone, as more students means more money not just for the university, but for our local economy.
Chief Operating Officer Eddie Dyer says CCU has about a $400 million impact on Horry County every year.
"Having people who have gone to college and completed a college degree raises all boats," said Dyer. "I mean there's study after study that shows the more college graduates you have in an area, the better the economy is going to be."
Dyer hopes that if CCU keeps up the expansion projects, the university will meet its goal of 12,000 students in the next two years. This year CCU expects to get an enrollment number of nearly 10,000 students. Most of the construction projects going on now are scheduled to be finished this fall and this winter.