The Adams State campus has been transformed through $84 million in improvement projects over the last seven years. Adams State's first structure, historic Richardson Hall, will be renovated through the recent award of $18 million in state capital construction funds. Its central wing was constructed in 1925, and it originally housed all of the college's classrooms, offices, library, and auditorium. With construction scheduled to finish in the spring of 2015, the Valley's largest auditorium, the ASU nursing program, ASU's extended studies program, and several of the university's administrative units, will receive a long overdue makeover.
On the student life side of campus, the centerpiece is the new Residences at Rex student apartment building and stadium facility. The unique facility incorporates student apartments and a restaurant into the football stadium complex that overlooks the football field to the west and the North Campus Green to the east. This green and adjoining pedestrian spine was created by the abandonment of one of the local streets in an effort to create a more pedestrian friendly campus. Five resident hall wings and upgrades to the student union have enhanced student living environments. Athletic facilities also received much needed attention. Plachy Hall, which houses ASU's expanded athletic programs, underwent several renovations which include updated locker rooms, addition of a new weight room, new training rooms, and new locker rooms to accommodate the new programs. ASU hosts 21 sports, which include the recent additions of men's soccer, men's and women's lacrosse, baseball, and expanded junior varsity programs. In the last year the outdoor track and Plachy fieldhouse were also renovated thanks to a state grant. The new ASU High Altitude Training Center, which houses ASU's state of the art 200 meter indoor track in an air supported structure was completed this spring in time to host the first indoor RMAC championship in school history. Campus parking was expanded, and new playing fields were developed for baseball, soccer, and softball. The ASU pool is scheduled for renovation next fiscal year.
On the academic side of the house, the main classroom building, McDaniel Hall was remodeled along with the Music Building, and Leon Memorial Concert Hall. The library was also partially renovated to accommodate student support services functions and the Grizzly Testing Center. The expansion of the third floor of ASU's science building, Porter Hall, was completed and Zachies Planetarium was renovated, both through Title V funding to support STEM education (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.) An observatory is slated to start next month on North Campus from the same Title V grant. The former Evans School building, acquired from the local school district, on the East Campus was renovated to house the Department of Human Performance & Physical Education.