SOURCE: Grand Canyon University

Grand Canyon University

May 03, 2011 15:28 ET

Grand Canyon University Expands Campus Construction Projects

Additional Buildings Represent Additional $150 Million in Enhancements

PHOENIX, AZ--(Marketwire - May 3, 2011) - Grand Canyon University (GCU) is gradually modifying the landscape on west Camelback Road, investing more than $200 million in upgrading its campus facilities and improving the aesthetics of an area in dire need of economic investment.

"The beautification of our campus is a tremendous asset to the central and west areas of the Valley," said GCU CEO Brian Mueller.

Over the past 12 months GCU built a new residence hall, student recreation center, College of Education and classroom building and commenced construction of the 5,000-seat GCU Arena, a facility to host GCU's growing basketball programs and national conferences, concerts and events. That facility, the focal point of the University's rebirth, is scheduled to open in the fall of 2011.

When these projects began, the investment was anticipated at just more than $60 million, but with the growth and demand for GCU's programs, an additional $150 million in construction projects is planned to take place through 2013.

"Over the past two years the level of activity on this campus has fueled much of the Valley's commercial construction market," Mueller said.

In addition to the arena, other facilities that are planned or underway include:

  • A five-level dormitory to accommodate 500 more students residing on campus. The new facility, like the dorm that was completed last year, will have 650 and 720 square-foot suites, but each suite will have two bathrooms. When the new dorm is complete, GCU will be able to house more than 1,800 students on its campus. Completion date July, 2011.
  • A new 14,000 square-foot fast food service building will expand dining options for students, and will be managed by Sodexo, GCU's current food service company. In addition to ample indoor/outdoor seating, the building will also feature a bowling alley in the basement. Completion anticipated fall 2011.
  • Expanded parking options will be offered on both the east and north sides of campus by fall 2011, with additional parking expansion to be completed by fall 2012.
  • Another classroom building will be constructed in the central part of campus to house nursing and health sciences faculty, classes and labs. Anticipated completion fall 2012.

In addition to the new construction, athletic facilities enhancements are being made to include an expansion of the soccer field and the addition of outdoor track to support the track and field program, just one of several improvements under way or under consideration to support the school's expansive NCAA-competitive programs.

"Whereas public institutions are cutting back or leveraging finite resources due to a limited tax base, our distinct higher education model allows us to expand both programs and our physical campus to meet student demand," Mueller said.

Over the past five years GCU has expanded its academic programs, invested in its campus and athletics and boosted enrollment. The campus enrollment has doubled to more than 3,000, with overall enrollment topping out at more than 40,000 including online students. The school offers 20 men's and women's NCAA-competitive sports -- more than any other university in the state -- and is planning to submit an application for transition to Division I status.

GCU's exceptional curriculum fuses academic and clinical rigor with Christian values to prepare its graduates to be skilled, caring professionals who will excel in meeting the challenges of a rapidly changing health care setting. Founded in 1949, Grand Canyon University is Arizona's private university. The prestigious Christian university is regionally accredited and is recognized as offering some of the best education programs in the nation. Grand Canyon University offers traditional campus-based and online bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs. GCU has six colleges that include: Ken Blanchard College of Business, College of Education, College of Nursing and Health Sciences, College of Liberal Arts, College of Fine Arts and Production and the College of Doctoral Studies. GCU emphasizes individual attention for both traditional undergraduate students as well as the working professional. For more information about GCU, visit

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