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Construction projects under way on ASU campuses

McCord Hall
August 14, 2012

As the 2012-2013 academic year begins, ASU has just completed construction on several new buildings, including Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Building 4 and Villas at Vista Del Sol on the Tempe campus, Century Hall on the Polytechnic campus, and Casa deOro on the West campus.

But the work isn’t done yet. University construction on five other buildings is scheduled to be completed within the next year.

Tempe campus – Manzanita Hall

The Manzanita Hall renovations have been in progress for the last year and are scheduled for completion before the start of the fall 2013 semester. After being in continuous use for 40 years, the residence hall was in need of major restorations and improvements.

The renovation, a partnership endeavor between ASU and American Campus Communities, involves the installation of new infrastructure systems, including an overhaul of the building’s electrical, plumbing and air conditioning.

Manzanita also will receive new room configurations, which are planned to accommodate a total of 816 beds – down from the original 1,000-bed count – as well as new amenities such as a workout room, a small theater, student gathering and meeting rooms, and wireless service. The renovations additionally include new student lounges that connect every two floors as “neighborhoods.”

Tempe campus – McCord Hall

The W. P. Carey School of Business also will have a new building on the Tempe campus with the construction of McCord Hall, set for completion in June 2013. The four-story building emphasizes sustainability, with a minimum goal of LEED silver certification.

McCord Hall will house MBA, executive MBA, MRED, executive education programs, and any other master's programs. The building also will accommodate MBA Administration and Career Management services for graduate students, and undergraduate Carey Academy Suite and team rooms.

The hall will feature state-of-the-art classrooms and computer labs, as well as specialized industry spaces, executive education facilities, conference/seminar rooms, interview and team rooms, and study areas for undergraduate, graduate and executive students.

Tempe campus – Sun Devil Fitness Complex

The Tempe campus Sun Devil Fitness Complex construction project – a direct response to student demand and input – will create an addition to the existing facility that will feature a large, multiple-court gym, strength and cardio areas, free weights area/small gym, multi-purpose space, wellness space, and a social recreation area. A partial renovation to the existing building will be completed as well. The project is set to be finished by August 2013.

Polytechnic campus – Sun Devil Fitness Complex

The Tempe campus isn’t the only one with new facilities under construction. The Polytechnic Campus Sun Devil Fitness Complex is set to be completed in December of this year, and similar to the Tempe addition, is being created in direct response to student demand and input.

The building plans feature a two-story, sustainable structure with a minimum of LEED silver certification. Once complete, students can take advantage of new competition play fields in the form of two soccer fields and one softball field and approximately 10,000 square feet of state-of-the-art weight and fitness areas that include cardiovascular equipment, strength machine equipment and free weights.

The facility will accommodate three multipurpose studios for group fitness classes, such as aerobics, boot camp, yoga, and Pilates, and student club use. The building also will house a two-court gymnasium for basketball, volleyball and badminton, as well as a multi-activity gymnasium for campus events, conference space, concerts and indoor soccer.

That’s not all – the structure will house two racquetball courts, expanded Health Services programming, an outdoor leisure pool with lap lanes, and programs and services open during the day, evening and weekends.

West campus – Sun Devil Fitness Complex

Wrapping up in January 2013, the West Campus Sun Devil Fitness Complex is planned to be a three-story structure with a minimum of LEED silver certification.

The facility will include a six-acre multipurpose field, a green quad for campus activities, a 10,000-square-foot weight and fitness area, as well as studios for group fitness classes and clubs. The building also will house a two-court gymnasium for sports and campus events, two racquetball courts, wellness space with mediated conference room, demonstration kitchen, fitness assessment area, and three alternative medicine studios.

Students can take a dip in a 5,500-square-foot pool with lap lanes for small swim meets as well as plenty of deck space for socializing and games. The facility also will include a social gaming space with lounge furniture, flat screen video displays with gaming systems, pool tables and ping-pong tables, bike rentals and repairs, a three-lane lane indoor running track, exterior exercise terraces, and new locker facilities.