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Three to get ready

Hard hats became the headgear of choice on campus this summer as the university began three construction projects totaling $11.6 million.

Residence Hall

New Residence hall construction

A 120-bed apartment-style residence hall for third- and fourth-year students will help alleviate the squeeze on campus housing.

The 40,150-square-foot building is being built on the northeast side of campus in the Wheeler Sports Center parking lot near University Hall. It will have 20 apartments, each with three bedrooms, a toilet room, a shower room, and a shared great room consisting of a kitchen, dining room, and living room. Each apartment will house six students. Every floor will include a small hearth area for student gatherings. The main floor will include a cafe, computer lab, and lounge.

Total project cost is estimated at $7.4 million.

Hoover Renovation

The need for facilities for the new nursing program provided the impetus for a $4.1 million expansion and renovation of Hoover Academic Building.

Construction began this summer on a 15,400-square-foot, twostory addition on the west side of the existing building. The addition will include two nursing labs, an observation room, a study area, an 82-seat lecture hall, 19 faculty offices, and a 900-square-foot art gallery. A raised atrium will mimic the nearby Ron Gregory Atrium. The addition is scheduled to be completed in May 2006.

A second phase will begin in the summer of 2006 with an internal and external remodel of the existing building. The remodeled facility will include six classrooms, a 192-seat lecture hall, a computer lab, a computer classroom, 27 faculty offices, a conference room, a study area, and the Hoover-Hatfield library.

In addition to nursing, Hoover will house the undergraduate psychology, religion, and sociology/ social work departments.

Outdoor Amphitheater

Associated Student Community Vice President Stefanie Philips at ampitheater groundbreaking

With students spearheading the project, George Fox broke ground on a 500-person amphitheater on the west slope of Hess Creek Canyon.

For several years, student government leaders have set aside funds for a significant project. This year’s leaders decided to fund the majority of the $130,000 amphitheater construction. Last winter, they presented amphitheater plans to the Newberg City Council and university administrators.

Grass-covered, six-foot-wide terraces will provide a semicircular bowl for theatrical, musical, residence life, academic, and chapel events.


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