Judy Genshaft Honors College not operational after promised opening date, classes forced to relocate

The new Judy Genshaft Honors College remains closed to the public due to supply chain issues, forcing summer B classes to be moved back to the John and Grace Allen building. ORACLE PHOTO/CAMILA GOMEZ

The Judy Genshaft Honors College remains closed after its promised opening date of June 12, causing Summer B classes scheduled in the building to be moved to the John and Grace Allen Building, according to Director of Communications and Marketing Dana Taylor. 

Though USF held a grand opening for the JGHC on May 12, the building was closed down shortly after due to supply chain delays, according to a May 18 Oracle article

Director of Communication and Engagement Aaron Nichols said testing of building controls, security, electrical and HVAC – heating, ventilation and air conditioning – systems still needed to be completed. Closing down the building allowed for a controlled environment needed to conduct this testing and obtain a certificate of full occupancy.

There was also a delay in the installation of components of these systems due to supply chain issues, according to the article. This includes the card-swipe devices for doors with access controls, which had a backlog of at least 9 to 12 months, according to the article.

The university had initially provided an opening date of June 12 and had scheduled Summer B classes to start in the building on June 26. However, ongoing supply chain issues and “continuous testing of essential life systems have contributed to the delay,” Nichols said. 

While there is currently no set opening date, Taylor said Summer B classes will transition back to the JGHC “as soon as the facility is available.”

A sign on the doors of the college reads, “We appreciate your interest in our beautiful new building, but it is still under construction and not yet open to the community. We anticipate being fully operational early this summer. We appreciate your patience.”