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Slideshow: Tour of New College of Arts and Sciences Building

April 18, 2012 / by / 0 Comment

About 60 GCU faculty and staff got a sneak peek of the College of Arts and Sciences building on Wednesday. Charlie Sirokman, project director for campus development, led a tour of the four-story building, which is about 50 percent complete. Each floor has an open-air breezeway with elevators that will separate offices on the east end of the floor and classrooms and labs on the west end. The first floor – which already is painted and has sheetrock in place — will include a chapel, offices for Spiritual Life and Christian Studies, a staff lounge and classrooms. The most distinctive feature is an open-air cross within the brickwork on the southeastern corner of the chapel. “We call it the cornerstone of campus off the Promenade,” Sirokman said. A cross pattern also will be visible in the carpeting and ceiling clouds of the chapel, and a corner section of the wall will be made of glass and lead to a multipurpose garden-type gathering area where the cornerstone cross is located. The second floor will have offices for Arts and Sciences and classrooms. The third floor features more Arts and Sciences classrooms, nursing skill labs, simulation labs and classrooms. And the fourth floor will have […]

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Campus Construction Update: CAS Building About 50 Percent Complete

April 17, 2012 / by / 0 Comment

Four new buildings — the College of Arts and Sciences facility, two residence halls and a parking garage — and four major renovations are on schedule to be completed by the time students arrive on campus in August for the start of the fall semester.

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New CAS Building is Officially ‘Topped Out’

January 31, 2012 / by / 0 Comment

GCU celebrated the topping out of the new four story College of Arts and Sciences building Tuesday morning under a beautiful sunny sky. “It’s been fun to watch the progress,” said CAS Dean Mark Wooden. “When they first started on it, I was impressed by the footprint. Now, I am amazed by its shadow.”

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Antelope Reception Center Makes Stylish Debut

October 24, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

Everyone knows that first impressions are important. Because of this, GCU has pulled out all the stops when it comes to welcoming prospective students to campus for the first time. The Antelope Reception Center in the northwest corner of the new Arena has been designed to ensure that prospective students and their families have the best first impression of the University. “When a student is coming to GCU for the first time, we want to make sure we’ve rolled out the ‘purple carpet’ for them,” says Shannon Landers, director of the ARC. “This is going to be the first part of campus they see.”

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Formal Groundbreaking for New CAS Building

October 18, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

Ground was broken Tuesday on the four-story College of Arts and Sciences classroom building, scheduled to be completed by Aug. 1. The building was designed by the Phoenix architectural firm of Orcutt Winslow and will be built by Pono Construction of Glendale. Construction will begin in a week. “This building will represent the mind, body and spirit of everything we do on campus,” CAS Dean Mark Wooden told those assembled for a brief ceremony. “It will be the academic heart of this University.”

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A Year’s Wait Is Over: Welcome, GCU Arena!

September 02, 2011 / by / 1 Comment

The spectacular renaissance of Grand Canyon University came into sharp focus Thursday with the formal opening of GCU Arena, an iconic, 5,000-seat facility envisioned as a magnet for its surrounding community and all of Arizona. “It’s been a fun ride,” said Bob Machen, the University’s senior vice president for campus development, standing on the spot where ground was broken barely 14 months earlier. “I’ve enjoyed it, and I love what we’ve done here.”

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‘Super Flushers’ Take the Plunge at GCU Arena

August 23, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

It didn’t have quite the drama of a Cape Canaveral space launch, but Monday afternoon’s “super flush” of GCU Arena’s toilets and urinals qualified as a happening nonetheless. Superintendent Neil Baker of Perini Building Co., the Arena’s contractor, counted down via the building’s public-address system, and a simultaneous flush was conducted to ensure that the plumbing was in working order.

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Slideshow: Contractor Insists on Safety First on Arena Project

August 03, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

The August job walk at the Arena, the last one before the grand opening Sept. 1, was one for the record books. About 200 people, many of them first-timers, showed up to get the last behind-the-scenes look at the stunning new building before it opens to the public. And stunning it is.

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Slideshow: Arena Job Walk 7.5.11

July 06, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

The countdown is on. “57 more days and then I’m out of here,” jokes Superintendent Neal Baker of Perini Construction. Starting July 5, there are now two separate shifts coming in to finish things up meaning things are shaping up quickly in the new GCU Arena. The July Arena Job Walk, which took place Tuesday afternoon, was attended by several first timers. With only one more job walk taking place in August, July boasted one of the largest crowds yet.

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A Year Later, It’s an Arena (But It’s Still Hot Outside)

June 24, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

One year ago Saturday, more than 300 GCU employees and guests assembled on a grassy plot on the southeastern corner of campus, the site where a new Event Center would be built. The groundbreaking took place on a sweltering, 92-degree morning, with a large tent providing only temporary relief. A year later, it’s similarly hot — the temperature exceeded 110 degrees this week — but everything else has changed, including the facility’s name.

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