KSU Bookstore Renovation

Leapley renovated the campus bookstore in the Carmichael Student Center to better meet the needs of the growing student population. To consolidate bookstore operations in one central location on the second floor, Leapley removed the monumental stair, infilled the stair opening and expanded the second floor slab to the exterior curtain wall by closing a two-foot gap created by the original building expansion between the first and second floors. The work included an elevator replacement and the construction of a new central lighting feature in the rotunda with new millwork, drywall, and a circular light fixture. 

Project Details:


Kennesaw, GA


13,750 SF


Kennesaw State University

Design Team:

May Architecture



Alan discovered his passion for construction as a student at Auburn University – through civil engineering coursework and field experience with the cooperative education program. In the 17 years that followed, he managed many healthcare construction projects for a national general contractor before joining Leapley Construction in 2011 to manage operations of the growing business. Alan is a hands-on leader, a focused and decisive builder, and an advocate for sustainability. Since 2012, he has served on the board of directors for the Lifecycle Building Center to promote the reuse of construction materials and reduce construction waste in landfills. Under his leadership, Leapley safely delivers award-winning projects on-time and within budget in three focused commercial interior markets.


CEO & Founder

Recognized as a Most Admired CEO by the Atlanta Business Chronicle, an Outstanding Woman in Construction by Construction Business Owner Magazine and one of Atlanta’s “Top 500” leaders by Atlanta Magazine, Meredith Leapley leads with integrity and compassion. Raised in Maryland, Meredith moved to Atlanta in 1999 and founded Leapley Construction to prioritize people throughout construction. Since then, through her involvement with CREW Atlanta, WBENC, CoreNet, Big Brothers Big Sisters, GSU WomenLead, Atlanta Women’s Foundation and Crafting Futures Together, she has maintained that focus and nurtured the business to deliver meaningful impacts to the community while earning annual revenues in excess of $120 Million.