Aderhold Center Opens

Beginning next month, thousands of undergraduate and graduate students will stream into the classrooms and lecture halls of Georgia State University’s newest campus landmark, the Helen M. Aderhold Learning Center.

Faculty members will teach dozens of courses in the new building — from introductory accounting and economics to jazz history and pathophysiology – beginning at 7:30 a.m. most days through nearly 10 p.m. evenings.

The $45 million, four-story Aderhold center – which occupies the city block bound by Luckie, Forsyth, Poplar and Broad streets, across from the Rialto Center for the Performing Arts — includes a computer lab, 44 classrooms and two 200-seat lecture halls. The seating capacity of the classrooms varies from 30 to 200; most rooms will be equipped with computer connections. A wired lounge space, dubbed a “cyber cafe,” will allow students to relax, mingle, study or work on group projects.

Clad in copper and blond brick, the Aderhold center blends with the traditional architecture of the historic Fairlie-Poplar district. Three businesses – the Landmark Diner, Smoothie King and Gateway News – have leased space on the ground floor and will open this fall.

“We are very excited about the new state-of-the-art classroom building,” said Katherine Johnston, vice president for finance and administration at Georgia State. “Our goal is to have first-rate facilities that match the excellence of our faculty, staff and students.”

The building was made possible in part by its namesake, Helen M. Aderhold, and her husband, John E. Aderhold of Aderhold Properties. John Aderhold made a generous gift to Georgia State four years ago as a birthday present to his wife. Helen Aderhold, B.A. ’76, has been a longtime member of Georgia State’s Athletic Association and Alumni Association boards, and served as president of the Alumni Association from 1991 to 1992. She has served as a university trustee for the past 10 years.

The Aderhold Learning Center is located at 60 Luckie Street NW, on the Georgia State University campus in downtown Atlanta.