Five projects in Mesa State face lift

Work on the new dorms and retail space along North Ave on the Mesa State College campus

Mesa State College is getting a face lift that will have five major construction projects under way concurrently by the time students return for the spring semester.

Work on the new Saunders Fieldhouse and North Avenue housing complex will continue while expansions and renovations to Wubben Hall and Science Center are slated to begin in January, and an addition to the Moss performing arts building will start in mid-November.

The demolition and replacement of the W.W. Campbell College Center, scheduled to begin in January, will round out three projects centered around the academic quad.

“The thing that is going to be most significant is the student center,” Mesa State spokeswoman Dana Nunn said.

The college center houses the campus bookstore, dining hall and several offices for student clubs and government, which will have to be relocated prior to the demolition.

A temporary structure will be built on the parking lot at Elm Avenue and College Place, Nunn said, and it will house the bookstore, dining hall, kitchen and Bookcliff Cafe. That structure will be a series of trailers and commercial tents, she said.

Offices for student government, clubs and others will move to the first floor of Elm Hall, said Adam Davenport, Associated Student Government president.

“We’ve been packing up,” Davenport said. “The college center is the central information point for students. So what we’ve been working on is restoring that communication through other means.”

Davenport said communication could come in the form of more bulletin boards in other buildings around campus, as well as more campuswide e-mails.

Space at the temporary offices will be tight, Davenport said, but “everyone is willing to put up with that because we know what kind of a great building we’re getting,” he said.

All student services housed at the college center will be up and running at their new locations prior to the start of the January term, Nunn said.

The foundation for the Saunders addition was poured recently, Nunn said, and crews are working on the new 50-meter pool. The foundation for the new residence hall also has been poured, and work has begun on the retail space the complex will house, she said.

The performing arts expansion will add set production and storage space as well as a dance studio, and the science center project will add classroom and laboratory space.

“Students on this campus are excited to see growth and change,” Davenport said. “I keep telling
freshmen and students looking to come to Mesa State that this campus is going to look totally different.”


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