Campus Construction

Over the course of the next year, a number of major campus construction projects will come to completion. More than $250 million worth of projects will be in progress during the 2019-2020 academic year. The projects add to the academic mission of the university while supporting student life and the university's continued engagement with the surrounding community. Click on images to see a larger version in a new tab.

Academic Projects

College of Business expansion and renovation
Since the opening of Zane Showker Hall, the College of Business has more than doubled in size. Showker Hall was designed to accommodate 2,400 students. Today, more than 5,000 students and faculty members make the space work repurposing hallways as study spaces, transforming closets into sales practice studios and creating offices in lobby nooks.

A new College of Business Learning Complex, as well as a renovation to Showker Hall, will provide 210,000 square feet of space that will include new and refurbished classrooms with flexible configurations, space for our international award winning Digital Marketing Program, cutting-edge technology for cybersecurity, collaborative space for students and an expanded Capital Markets Lab. The construction is being funded through a combination of state funds and private philanthropy and will cost $71.2 million. The project began in spring 2018. Phase 1, the construction of the new building, will be completed for the Fall 2020 semester. Phase 2, the renovation of the existing Showker Hall will be completed for the Fall 2021 semester. Kjellstrom and Lee is the construction manager.

rendering of aerial view of new building and surroundings, including Interstate 81 and Bridgeforth Stadium

Student Life Projects

Retail Dining Facility Replacement
Phillips Hall (commonly known as PC Dukes and Top Dog) was demolished following the completion of the new D-Hall. Serving more than 40,000 meals per week, Phillips Hall was an important part of the university's dining services. D-Hub has been refitted to serve similar dining options to what was offered in PC Dukes and Top Dog while a new retail dining facility is being built. The project is being constructed by WM Jordan, which started the project in May 2018 and will have it ready for use in fall 2020. Total construction costs are $25.1 million.

artist rendering of interior of phillips hall replacement


Atlantic Union Bank Center
Located on the corner of Carrier Drive and University Boulevard, the Atlantic Union Bank Center will seat 8,500 guests for basketball games and closer to 10,000 for commencement and other events with additional floor seating. The new facility will also provide the Harrisonburg – Rockingham County area a state-of-the-art venue for trade shows, concerts and other large gatherings. Features of the facility include a club area, courtside seating with a designated private courtside hospitality area, state-of-the-art lighting and audio/video technology including a center-hung scoreboard and upper concourse ribbon boards, a student club area, expanded concessions and restroom availability, a multipurpose group event space, a team store and a Raising Canes restaurant. A 1,500-space parking deck will also be constructed adjacent to the facility concurrently.
The athletics success area of the facility will be highlighted by a separate practice gym and will include offices, academic areas, locker rooms, team meeting rooms, strength and conditioning, sports medicine and other amenities specific to JMU's men's and women's basketball programs. The facility will also house new operations areas for the athletics ticket office as well as the facility and events staff. Construction costs for the new center will be $86.7 million and are being funded through auxiliary funds, private philanthropy and sponsorships. S.B. Ballard is the construction manager.

artist rendering of exterior of future Union Bank & Trust Center at night


Parking demand on campus continues to grow due to a number of factors. Continued student growth requires additional parking to meet the demand of more students, faculty and staff while new facilities change the dynamics of parking in the different areas of campus affected by the new facilities. A number of new parking facilities are planned to come online in the next 2-3 years. With these additions, the university will have added more than 3,500 new parking spaces within five years.

Parking Deck at the Atlantic Union Bank Center
A new 1,500-car parking facility adjacent to the new Atlantic Union Bank Center, opened in time for the 2019-2020 academic year and will provide parking year-round for the campus community. This additional parking will alleviate parking demands during the day for those students, faculty and staff looking for parking near the East Campus academic buildings. Construction costs for the project were $24.3 million.

Grace Street Extension
JMU is partnering with the City of Harrisonburg to extend East Grace Street from Mason Street to Bluestone Drive near Mr. Chips. The extension will provide service access to Madison Union and the new retail dining facility slated to open in fall 2020. The new roadway will also expedite bus service through campus and ease pedestrian traffic on Bluestone Drive. The Grace Street extension will be open to the public in late fall 2019. The cost of the project is $2.9 million.

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