University bustling with building activity

Students back for fall semester will see results of summer of construction

A paving crew finishes a parking lot at the corner of Cannell and Glenwood avenues to get ready for the onslaught of students for the fall semester at Colorado Mesa University.

Colorado Mesa University changed more than just its name this summer.

Students returning to campus this weekend will notice a new residence hall, Bunting Avenue Student Housing, is open after a year of construction, as is a newly renovated Houston Hall.

Some of the services and classes displaced by the renovations in Houston Hall were housed temporarily in modulars placed in the parking lot north of the Academic Classroom Building and in the Maverick Pavilion, the white, tented structure that housed a cafeteria, cafe and bookstore while the University Center was under construction. The modulars have been removed and the pavilion was transplanted to the northern part of the Maverick Center parking lot.

The pavilion will house offices, locker rooms and sports practices. The interior will be striped for volleyball, tennis, basketball and track. That work should be complete by the second week of September, according to Kent Marsh, Colorado Mesa University Facilities Service director.

Walker Field also got some attention this summer with some renovations, including locker room improvements, additional seating, and movement of the press box at the soccer field.

New offices were added inside Moss Performing Arts Center, a softball clubhouse was finished, and Walnut Ridge Apartments received some updates.

Finishing touches are being placed on an expansion to the dining room inside the University Center.

Renovations in the Fine Arts Building are likely to continue through October. A classroom was built in an area of the building that once housed a covered patio, and the heating and cooling system was replaced Friday.

A parking lot with 45 spaces for tenants was paved Friday at the southwest corner of Cannell and Glenwood avenues, and a parking lot expansion at the Elliott Tennis Center added 95 to 100 spaces to the lot.

Marsh said the university is ready for its next venture, building a residence hall at the northwest corner of Orchard Avenue and 12th Street. The hall may have four levels and 192 beds, but the details are still being worked out.

Marsh said another structure could be in the works north of that residence hall soon after its completion.

“A residence hall may be constructed parallel to 12th Street if demand would require it,” he said.


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