CCU continues to grow, breaking ground on new student annex

Coastal Carolina University continues to grow, and this time it's also benefiting the community. CCU held its groundbreaking for phase one of the student annex on Friday, which is just part of a $250 million master plan.

"The Starbucks is in progress right now, it's actually being built; it's in our library," said David DeCenzo, president of CCU.

Students now have to deal with construction as progress continues on campus.

"The time the freshman that came in this year graduate, the footprint of this institution will not look the same when they graduate in four years," said DeCenzo.

Trevon Scott, freshman at CCU, says he can't wait for the changes to take place regarding the student annex.

"The pool tables are falling apart. If you hit too many balls in one pocket, it falls down. It will be nice to have a new annex," said Scott.

Students even got to select what new food vendor will be going into the student annex.

"Students chose Chick-fil-A as their brand for chicken on campus," said Jeffrey Stone, senior food service director at CCU.

The new food vendors will also benefit nearby residents.

"Anyone can come here and eat within the community," said Stone.

The president says 16 projects are part of the master plan.

The Chick-fil-A is expected to open this spring in the student annex, and the Starbucks in the library is supposed to open mid-November.

DeCenzo says the changes will accommodate the growing student population.

Officials say by the end of the decade, they expect to have 12,000 students.