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Meet Bob Machen, Campus Development Project Manager

June 21, 2010 / by / 1 Comment

GCU’s new Event Center has an old pro overseeing the project, and he says he hasn’t had this much fun in years.

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Event Center a ‘Celebration of Rebirth of Campus’

June 21, 2010 / by / 1 Comment

When architect Tom Reilly whips out a pen and starts drawing an early version of GCU’s Event Center on paper, it is clear this is more than just another building to him and his team of talented designers and engineers.

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Q&A With GCU’s Cathey Moses

June 21, 2010 / by / 2 Comments

Whatever you do, don’t call it a gym.

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Recreation Center Praised as Cutting-Edge Facility

June 11, 2010 / by / 2 Comments

GCU’s new Student Recreation Center, described as “futuristic” by the contractor on the project, was celebrated with a topping-off ceremony on Friday, June 11, less than four months after ground was broken on the facility. The center, a pre-engineered metal building wrapped on its northern and eastern sides by conventional construction, has saved the University time and expense while erecting a facility that figures to be the envy of other colleges and universities and their athletic programs. It is scheduled to open in mid-October. “This building probably will change our campus as much as any building we’ve ever built,” said GCU’s chief executive officer, Brian Mueller, in addressing those assembled for the topping off. “It will be a central part of what we do at Grand Canyon.” Garry Musselman, the project manager for UEB Builders of Scottsdale, said that if the center isn’t unique, it’s at least uncommon. “It’s like building two different buildings,” said Musselman, whose crew has numbered about 75 workers per day. “The hybrid form is pretty futuristic. You don’t often see two different types of buildings integrated like this.” The speed of construction has surprised even Tom Reilly of the Tempe design firm Architekton, which has […]

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Student Recreation Center Taking Shape

June 01, 2010 / by / 2 Comments

Work continued on the roof structure for the 55,000-square-foot Student Recreation Center west of the Student Union on campus. On Friday, May 28, three trusses were installed, and two more were to be put in place today. Concrete work will begin next week on the new College of Education classroom building. And don’t forget: Groundbreaking on the Event Center will be June 25.

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Recreation Center Gets Scripture-Based Start

April 14, 2010 / by / 2 Comments

On Tuesday, April 13, several Bibles were placed in a small dirt hole in the southwestern corner of what will become the Student Recreation Center, which is scheduled to open in October just west of the Student Union. “We’re putting (the Bibles) in the corner because it’s the cornerstone of the building’s foundation,” said Bob Machen, GCU’s campus development project manager. In time, he said, a plaque will mark the spot. Also on hand for the occasion were University CEO Brian Mueller, Executive Vice President Stan Meyer, Chief University Relations and Student Success Officer Faith Weese, Dean of Students Mik Milem, Athletic Director Keith Baker, and members of the men’s and women’s basketball staffs, including head coaches Russ Pennell and Trent May. Both of the teams will be among those using the 55,000-square-foot facility. Pennell contributed one of the first Bibles he received as a boy growing up in Kansas, and May donated a Fellowship of Christian Athletes “Coach’s Bible.” Less than 12 hours later, in the early morning of Wednesday, April 14, crews covered the hole and poured the concrete floor for the center. The center is part of a $60 million, campus-wide building project that also will see […]

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Construction Zone Map

April 13, 2010 / by / 0 Comment

Click here for a PDF map outlining current construction projects underway on the GCU campus.

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Building a GCU for the 21st Century

April 13, 2010 / by / 5 Comments

April 2010 As the towering cranes testify, Grand Canyon University has begun one of the most ambitious construction projects in its 61-year history. Over the next year and a half, the campus will be transformed as it opens a new dormitory, a Student Recreation Center, a College of Education classroom building and finally an Event Center. It’s an exciting time in the life of GCU. Soon, the possibilities at 33rd Avenue and Camelback Road will become limitless. Imagine coming to campus for a sold-out basketball game, concert or theatrical performance in the Event Center. Imagine the 95-acre grounds as a new hub of activity for metropolitan Phoenix, with student amenities that are second to none. Imagine something quite different from what you see today. That vision will become reality very soon. This summer, the campus will have construction activity in virtually all sectors. The new dorm will be partially completed by the start of fall classes and finished by the end of the calendar year. The Student Recreation Center is expected to be ready for use in October. Work will begin in mid-May on the COE classroom building, and Event Center construction should begin in July. The scheduled opening of […]

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