CMU builds and builds

Builders on Wednesday lay the groundwork for student housing at Colorado Mesa University, which has built five residence halls since 2006. Also shown is construction of academic space. The area of campus is near Elm and Cannell avenues.


Residence hall construction

1966: Tolman and Rait Halls open

1967: Pinon Hall opens

1978: Walnut Ridge Apartments open

1997: Monument Hall opens

2006: Grand Mesa Hall opens

2008: Elm Hall turned into a residence hall and remodeled again for housing in 2010; Albers Hall was turned into a residence hall in 2008 as well but stopped housing students in 2013.

2009: North Avenue Student Housing opens

2011: Bunting Student Housing opens

2012: Orchard Avenue Apartments open

2013: Garfield Hall opens

A new residence hall and changes to athletic facilities are coming to Colorado Mesa University.

Colorado Mesa trustees authorized university personnel to begin the process of issuing bonds to pay for the residence hall project when they met last week in Denver.

The university needs an estimated $13 million to pay for construction of the residence hall, which will be built south of Garfield Hall and will eventually house up to 234 students in double-occupancy rooms. The building will be constructed in two phases, with the first wing opening this August with 99 beds and the second wing with 135 additional beds opening in January 2015.

Colorado Mesa has built five residence halls since 2006, with Garfield Hall becoming the newest addition last summer. Maryland-based researcher Anderson Strickler, LLC, conducted a housing survey last year that found the university could likely fill between 360 and 765 beds in student housing if more rooms were available.

“I am glad to see we are adding beds,” Trustee Tillie Bishop said in a news release. “Clearly there is a demand.”

Trustees also granted permission at their Denver meeting for the university to proceed with plans for the first two out of four stages of a Maverick Center renovation and expansion project. The first phase will make space to expand and add locker rooms and weight training space in the basement of the Maverick Center and add more student and group fitness areas and lockers in the Hamilton Recreation Center. The second phase will involve moving Health Science programs from the Maverick Center to the Community Hospital campus north of the university.

The final two phases of the project will focus on a temporary structure southwest of the Maverick Center, the Maverick Pavilion. The pavilion will be replaced with a 49,000-square-feet permanent structure that will add a basketball court, three multi-purpose courts, a new climbing wall, a golf simulator, a racquetball court and a cycling center to existing features in the pavilion. Storage areas and bathrooms will be replaced as well.

The fourth stage of the project also will connect the new structure to the Maverick Center via a second-story, suspended bridge. The bridge will allow the university to expand the Maverick Center’s perimeter running track by expanding the track into the pavilion site.

All four phases of the project will cost a total of $19.6 million, according to estimates, and are expected to be complete in time for classes to begin this fall.


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