Campus Construction

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This page is updated periodically to include information on capital projects around campus. For specific questions regarding construction at JMU, or to request renderings, contact Bill Wyatt at

Under Construction

New dining hall
A new dining hall to replace Gibbons Hall, or D-Hall, on the west campus is on schedule to open in fall 2018. The building will cost about $55 million and is being funded by the university. Skanska is the construction manager.

In Design

College of Business addition
A major addition will be made to the College of Business, followed by renovation of the existing Showker Hall. The construction, funded by the state, will cost about $65 million. The project will begin in spring 2018 and take about three years to complete. Kjellstrom and Lee is the construction manager.

New dormitory
A new 500-bed dormitory, primarily for first-year students, is slated to begin construction in November and be completed for fall 2019. WM Jordan is constructing the $37.5 million facility, which will be paid for with auxiliary funds.

Replace Phillips Dining Hall
In summer 2018, Phillips Hall will be replaced by a larger retail dining structure. The $23 million project is being constructed by WM Jordan beginning in May 2018 and will be ready for use in fall 2019. Auxiliary funds will be used.

New convocation center
Construction of a new 8,500 seat convocation center is planned to being in March 2018 and be ready for use in fall 2020. A 1,500-car parking deck will be built to serve the new center, as well as provide parking year-round for the campus community. Skanska is constructing the $99 million dollar project, which is being built with auxiliary funds.

Wilson Hall renovation
Renovation of Wilson Hall, the iconic building on the JMU Quad, will begin in the summer of 2018 and take a year to complete. The $16 million project will be constructed by Nielsen Builders, the same firm that originally constructed the building in 1931. After renovation, Wilson will be the home of JMU’s history department; the historic auditorium will be refurbished for continued use by the campus community.

New parking deck
A new 675-car parking deck will be constructed on the corner of Grace Street and Chesapeake Avenue. The $11.4 million project will be paid for with auxiliary funds and is slated for completion in December 2018. Contractor selection is underway.

Jackson Hall Renovation
The renovation of Jackson Hall, one of the first two buildings on campus in 1909 — Maury Hall is the other — will begin in summer 2019, after the history department moves into Wilson Hall, and take one year to complete. The project will cost about $7 million and will be state funded.

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