A pause; more work eyed on Mesa State construction projects

Years of construction on the Mesa State College campus are about to come to an end. But that doesn’t mean the college is out of project ideas.

In the past four years the college has opened new two residence halls and a classroom building, and expanded its performing arts center and a fitness building. A parking garage is slated for completion this month, an addition to Wubben Hall and Science Center should be done by the end of the summer, and a new college center is scheduled to open in October or November, College President Tim Foster said.

Foster said he is pleased the projects were funded before a recent budget crisis shrank the state’s capital construction fund. At the same time, ongoing projects are taking advantage of lower construction costs.

Foster said the college would like to add to the construction list another residence hall, which would be funded by rent from the hall’s rooms, and a renovation of Houston Hall. He estimates the capital construction fund won’t pay any amount for the Houston Hall project in at least the next five years.

“We’ll have to figure out how to pay for Houston Hall,” Foster said.

Mesa State’s recently completed Maverick Center used millions of dollars of private donations to cover about one-sixth of the project cost.

As far as moving the campus west, something the college has projected will happen someday, Foster said Cannell Avenue, the existing western border for the main campus, “is the edge for the foreseeable future.”


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