Fresno State students will notice several changes this fall semester

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- The start of the fall semester is less than two weeks away at Fresno State. When students head back, they'll notice several changes and one major building under construction.

The machines are whirring and heavy equipment is moving as crews work on the new Jordan Agriculture Research Center. The three story building has become quite the sight from all areas of campus.

Robert Boyd with Fresno State said, "It really jumped out if the ground over the summer, we started doing all the steel framing. They're putting up the walls, all the infrastructure is going there."

Boyd said another project that will impact students is the electrical infrastructure overhaul to the 1950s campus.

"That's going to completely revolutionize this campus, it's going to provide us with electricity for the next 50 years," said Boyd. "It's going to replace existing grid and distribution system with all new conduit and manholes, transformers, the things you don't usually see."

Also new this year on campus: the physical therapy and intercollegiate athletics building. Furniture is being brought in and finishing touches are being made.

Boyd explained, "It's going to be housing the physical therapy doctoral program on the 1st floor and the second floor will be a combination of intercollegiate athletic offices, primarily coaches office."

The facilities feature new technology and also some nice views. Over at the Duncan athletic building, new lockers have been built for the women's soccer team. Athletic facilities director Jason Holt showed us some of the features.

With more than $200 million in projects in the works, officials are urging students and visitors to use caution when visiting the campus.

Several construction projects will be underway when students head back to school at Fresno State on August 25. As for the Jordan Agriculture Research Center, it'll be completed in spring of 2016.

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