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Guests Wowed by New Student Recreation Center

October 08, 2010 / by / 1 Comment

By Doug Carroll Communications Staff The “oohs” and “aahs” were plentiful on Friday morning as faculty, staff and invited guests toured the new Student Recreation Center on campus, a 55,000-square-foot showplace soon to become a bustling hub of activity at GCU. The ribbon-cutting ceremony and subsequent tour had the feel of a sneak preview. The facility’s official debut will take place in a week, on Oct. 15, when it is opened to students and staff and to formal practice for the Antelope men’s and women’s basketball teams and wrestling team. The occasion capped an eventful week on campus that included Tuesday afternoon’s major hailstorm and Wednesday evening’s crowning of GCU junior Lindsay Fernandez as Fiesta Bowl Queen. The SRC is the work of Tempe firm Architekton and UEB Builders, which finished the job in less than a year’s time. The concrete floor was poured in mid-April. “If you think it looks good from the outside, wait until you see the inside,” said Bob Machen, GCU’s campus development project manager, before CEO Brian Mueller and Executive Chairman of the Board Brent Richardson cut a purple ribbon at the center’s southeastern corner. Student workers helped guide the visitors inside, showing off the […]

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New COE Building Unites South Campus

September 15, 2010 / by / 1 Comment

The new home of the College of Education will create unprecedented instructional opportunities and also be a structure that unifies the south end of campus. The 19-classroom facility, which is on target to open in December, received a ceremonial topping off by its Pono Construction crew on Wednesday morning, Sept. 15. GCU administration treated the workers to pizza on the east end of the second level.

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New Recreation Center Only Six Weeks From Opening

September 03, 2010 / by / 1 Comment

GCU’s 55,000-square-foot Student Recreation Center, on track for an Oct. 15 opening, is full of eye-popping amenities that are certain to bring rave reviews from the University’s students and staff.

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Event Center Hailed as ‘Dream Come True’

June 25, 2010 / by / 0 Comment

More than 300 staff and guests assembled in for the groundbreaking of GCU’s 5,000-seat Event Center. The Event Center is scheduled to open in the fall of 2011.

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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 / 0 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 / 1 Comment

Whatever you do, don’t call it a gym.

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Recreation Center Praised as Cutting-Edge Facility

June 11, 2010 / by / 1 Comment

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 / 0 Comment

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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