Campus Construction

Over the course of the next year, a number of major campus construction projects will begin while others will come to completion. More than $250 million worth of projects will be in progress during the spring semester. 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 major addition will be made to the College of Business, followed by renovation of the existing Showker Hall. The project 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 will be funded through a combination of state funds and private philanthropy and will cost $71.2 million. The project will begin in spring 2018 and take about three years to complete. Kjellstrom and Lee is the construction manager.

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

Wilson Hall renovation
Wilson Hall, the iconic building on the JMU Quad, has not had any major renovation since its construction in 1931. The Wilson Hall auditorium was the first large gathering space on campus. It has been home to university presidents, the campus post office, student organizations, the art department and even a radio broadcast studio. Wilson Hall will be taken offline beginning in January 2018 to complete a much-needed renovation. Nielsen Builders, the same firm that originally constructed the building in 1931, will complete the renovation. Construction costs associated with the project total $16 million. Once finished, Wilson Hall will be the home of JMU's history department. The historic auditorium will be restored to its original grandeur and its technology updated for continued use by the campus community.

drawing of entrance to theater.

Student Life Projects

New Residence Hall
As the student population continues to grow, so too does the need for on-campus student housing. A new 500-bed residence hall is slated to begin construction in early 2018 and be completed for fall 2019. The residence hall will be constructed on the site of the former intercollegiate softball field at the top of the hill behind UREC. The site is adjacent to Convo F Lot on University Boulevard. In order to make that area feel more connected to the rest of the campus, a land bridge will be constructed over Driver Drive to connect the residence hall with the Skyline section of campus. Construction costs for the new residence hall and land bridge are $47.8 million. WM Jordan is constructing the facility.

artist rendering of new dormitory

Retail Dining Facility Replacement
Once the new dining hall to replace Gibbons Hall is complete, Phillips Hall (commonly known as PC Dukes and Top Dog) will be taken offline for demolition and construction. Phillips Hall serves more than 40,000 meals per week and is an important part of the university's dining services. D-Hub will remain in place and be refitted to serve similar dining options to what is offered in PC Dukes and Top Dog while the new retail dining facility is being built. The project is being constructed by WM Jordan beginning in May 2018 and will be ready for use in fall 2020. Total construction costs are $25.1 million.

artist rendering of interior of phillips hall replacement

West Campus Dining Hall
Gibbons Hall, affectionately known as D-Hall, had been part of the fabric of JMU since 1964. In the summer of 2015, work began to replace Gibbons Hall on the west campus. The new three-story facility will house JMU's popular Chick-fil-A franchise as well as new national brands such as Qdoba, Steak and Shake and Freshens Food Studio. The second floor will feature an all-you-care-to-eat buffet with expanded menu options while the top floor will consist of banquet space for special events. The project is on schedule to open in fall 2018. Construction costs for the building will total $56 million. Skanska is the construction manager.

artist rendering of exterior of dining hall that will replace D-Hall


Union Bank & Trust Center
Located on the corner of Carrier Drive and University Boulevard, the Union Bank & Trust 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.

Chesapeake Avenue Parking Deck
As the North Campus has grown with the addition of the Student Success Center, Madison Hall, the Apartments on Grace Street and the soon to be completed Hotel Madison and Conference Center, parking in that area of campus has become a challenge. To alleviate this demand, a new 675-car parking deck will be constructed on the corner of Grace Street and Chesapeake Avenue on the site of the former Rockingham Cooperative building. Construction costs for the deck are $11.6 million and the project is slated for completion in December 2018.

artist rendering of exterior of new parking deck

Parking Deck at the Union Bank & Trust Center
A new 1,500-car parking facility will be built to serve the new center, as well as provide parking year-round for the campus community. The parking facility will consist of two parking decks separated from the Union Bank & Trust Center by a courtyard. 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. The facility is scheduled to open for the fall 2020 semester. Construction costs for the project are $24.3 million.

Godwin Field Lot
A number of changes to campus will necessitate additional parking in the Godwin Hall and Newman Lake area. The College of Business expansion and renovation and new dining hall will create increased demand for parking in that area of campus. Additionally, the Champions Drive Parking Deck is filling to capacity more often and more rapidly on a daily basis when compared to previous academic years. The deck is now at or beyond capacity by 8 a.m. each weekday morning.

In order to meet these needs and alleviate the current congestion, a new parking lot will be created on Godwin Field. The lot will create 155 new, year-round parking spaces. It will be designed in a manner to preserve as much green space as possible and will feature a water filtration system that cleans run-off before entering Newman Lake. Additional trees will be added which will ultimately provide a larger carbon footprint offset than the existing grass space. This change will result in fewer resources used in maintenance of the field, including fertilizers and fossil fuels.

artist rendering of aerial view of new Godwin field parking lot showing the surrdoungins, including Interstate 81 and Bridgeforth Stadium
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