North Campus Transformation takes shape at ASC
Bulldozers and scaffolding, detours and sidewalk barriers, dust and heavy truck traffic - these necessary, but temporary inconveniences of Adams State College North Campus Transformation will soon pass. More than $42 million worth of construction and renovation is underway at the college, primarily funded by a student-approved capital construction fee.
Adams State President David Svaldi explained: "With the recent cuts in state funding, we are only able to improve our campus thanks to the support and vision of our students, who voted for a ten-year capital fee in 2008. We are also thankful for the cooperation of our campus neighbors and the City of Alamosa as we endure these growing pains."
The college's first new residence hall in 40 years is taking shape just east of Rex Field, along with a new community/stadium facility. Beginning this August, the Residences at Rex will house 68 students in four floors of four-bedroom apartments, most of which feature stunning views to the east and west. With seating for 3,000 and field lights, the stadium will be available to area high schools for sporting events.
Existing student housing is also being transformed; the front walls of Girault Hall A wing have been demolished for renovation, and work is also underway on Coronado Hall D wing. Students moved into renovated rooms in Coronado A wing in the spring.
A beautiful North Campus Green will be created between the new building and the Student Union Building, with a pedestrian walkway leading south from Plachy Hall that will link campus life on the North Campus with academic buildings on the south campus. Work is also underway to reroute the junction of Stadium Dr. and Monterey east of Plachy Hall.
Also to come this summer is development of a new soccer/lacrosse field north of that intersection, along the river, as well as two additional campus parking lots.
The campus Rex Activity Center is getting a major facelift to restore its stucco exterior, funded in part by the Colorado State Historical Society.
The work won't end after the Residences at Rex open later this summer. In February, work will begin to renovate the ES building, corner of First and Richardson. Design planning is also underway to renovate the Music Building and Leon Memorial Concert Hall.
By Julie Waechter