Spring semester is in the rearview mirror, but activity on the Flagstaff campus is shifting into high gear during the summer with ongoing and new construction projects.
By the fall, NAU will open the Native American Cultural Center and the Health and Learning Center, reopen the Skydome and the School of Hotel and Restaurant Management, relocate the ropes course and add nine bus shelters for the new Mountain Link transit spine.
Renovations to Wilson Hall, Liberal Arts and Cowden Hall and upgrades to the North Plant also will be completed by August.
Several projects are supported by SPEED funding, while the Health and Learning Center was largely financed by multiyear student-approved fees and private donations are helping fund the Native American Cultural Center.
American Campus Communities, a university partner in an innovative, budget-driven public-private collaboration, has begun construction of two new residence halls, slated to open August 2012. The halls, to be located on Hilltop Field and south of McConnell Drive, will impact portions or all of parking lots P40, P40A, P41 and P42.
Hilltop Townhomes, one of the residence halls, will consist of 576 apartment-style accommodations, a community center and a parking structure.
The second residence hall will feature 550 suite-style student accommodations and a community center. The project also includes construction of a bridge over McConnell and Sinclair Wash, new retail space and a courtyard.
Fronske Health Center operations will move into the Health and Learning Center in the coming months, and a new parking structure has been proposed for construction in the old building’s footprint. If approved by the Arizona Board of Regents, construction would begin in the fall with completion expected in August 2012.