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Ceremony to mark opening of new facilities at Polytechnic campus

September 10, 2012

The university community and the public is invited to ASU's Polytechnic campus for the grand opening of Century Residential Hall and the Citrus Dining Pavilion at 2 p.m., Sept. 18.

ASU President Michael Crow and Inland American Communities will host the grand opening at the Polytechnic campus located at 7001 E. Williams Field Road in Mesa.Parking is available in Lot 10 for attendees. Click here for a parking map.

After the opening ceremony, guests are welcome to tour the facilities and dine in the Citrus Dining Pavilion.

"Century Hall and the new Citrus Dining Pavilion at the Polytechnic campus are both examples of living and learning laboratories where students integrate their academic experiences into their lived environment," said Aaron Krasnow, dean of students at ASU's Polytechnic campus. "Students were involved with the conceptualization, design and now the programming of the new residence hall, giving them ownership and a sense of community.

"At the Polytechnic campus we provide all students this well-rounded campus experience to ensure that they are academically successful."

The brand new Century Hall is a three-story, 84,000-square-foot building, featuring residence wings that create an environment where students live and learn with other students who share the same major. The residence wings also allow students to more easily interact with faculty, and provide them access to academic resources and student services outside of the classroom.

Amenities include group study rooms, a small engineering studio, laundry facilities, community kitchen and three activity lounges featuring a pool table, gaming and table tennis.

Inland American Communities has funded the construction of the $13.4 million residence hall.

The Citrus Dining Pavilion is located on the north side of Texas Mall, immediately north of the Student Union, and is a single-story facility designed to serve up to 1,200 students. The dining facility consists of a 350-student dining room, a private dining area, open cooking servery and exterior seating on three sides that offers connections to the existing campus. In addition, the facility has a small grocery store and café.

The dining facility will be a LEED silver building and will be a critical social linkage between the freshman housing on the west and the student recreation center on the east.

ARAMARK will be the dining service provider.

The total cost for the dining facility is $10.1 million. No state dollars or tuition revenues are being used to fund the residence hall or dining facility.