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GCU Plans 7 New Buildings for Fall Groundbreaking; Delays Mesa Campus

Rendering courtesy of Grand Canyon University

Rendering courtesy of Grand Canyon University

By Eric Jay Toll for Arizona Builder’s Exchange

Grand Canyon University is preparing for another 7.5K students at its main Phoenix campus. A quartet of six-story dormitories need to be built by to handle 3K students by 2015-16 school year.

The private college also plans a parking garage and two new classroom buildings. All six buildings are planned for August 2015 completion, with a groundbreaking late this fall.

GCU hasn’t selected design firms, and Pono Construction LLC handles GCU GC assignments for the dorms.  Brian Mueller, president and CEO of the Phoenix-based company that operates Grand Canyon University said, “We’re going to expand within the next 12 months to 240 acres.” The expansion will handle enrollment of 25K students on the Phoenix campus.

The school also owns a 30-acre off-campus parcel about two blocks east of the main holding, but it has not announced development plans for the property. There are three apartment complexes on the site, and current tenants are unsure of how the plans will affect them and when.

The university was planning a major capital investment this year, much of which was intended to start construction on a 10K student Mesa campus. Mueller says he is still planning the opening an East Valley campus, the first classes won’t be in place until the 2016-17 school year.

At present, builders are crunched to complete three new dorms with 1.9K beds in time for the school’s opening this month.