New building to provide central location for student services

Illustration of the planned building

A new building on campus will create a one-stop shop for student services and accommodate various departments at Northern Arizona University.

The four-level Student and Academic Services building will house Admissions, Office of the Registrar, Financial Aid, Student Accounts, Lumberjack Mathematics Center, faculty offices and a 154-seat auditorium for student events.

Construction begins this month and the building is scheduled to open to students in January 2016.

“The new Student and Academic Services Building will give us an opportunity to create a centralized location where students will receive coordinated customer service between Financial Aid, Registrar and Student Accounts,” said Jane Kuhn, associate vice president of Enrollment Management and Student Affairs. “This will not only keep students from having to do the runaround to different offices, but will also allow them to meet with a cross-trained counselor who understands the processes and procedures of each office and can help the student navigate and resolve issues immediately.”

Once complete, the convenient location will offer easy access to the NAU Bookstore, University Union and San Francisco Street parking garage.

The expanded Lumberjack Mathematics Center will allow for more space for instruction and tutoring sessions and feature new classrooms with state-of-the-art technology.

Pedestrian traffic on Beaver Street from the NAU Bookstore to Sechrist Hall will be rerouted during construction beginning this month. Beaver Street will be widened to maintain two-way bus traffic during the school year. The buses will follow the regular schedule and the bus stops across from the Bookstore will still be open to all riders.