Construction on campus continues into the new school year at Christopher Newport University. With cranes outside the library, cement mixers behind CNU Village and Gosnold Hall just disappearing in the span of a few days, there are plenty of changes coming to campus, and soon. Here are some updates on the four major construction projects that are happening or were finished over the summer break.
Demolition of Gosnold Hall began during the summer and was done within a week. Now the “Gosnold Lawn” sits in its place until construction on the new attached wing for Forbes can begin. Construction is currently in the planning stages awaiting proper authorization from the state to proceed. Construction could begin as early as Summer 2022, but that will be dependent on when the plans are authorized by the Virginia General Assembly.
Jennings Family Stadium:
The new turf field is mostly complete, along with a new name: Jennings Family Stadium. Although there are some small items that need to be finished in regards to the Press Box and the stands, practices have already begun on the field. The first game played at Jennings Family Stadium will be Field Hockey on Friday, September 6 at 6 p.m. against DePauw University.
Fine Arts Center:
Construction on the Fine Arts Center (FAC) is currently underway. The project is still on schedule to open January 2021. The Captain’s Log will continue to publish information about the FAC as it becomes available.
CNU Crossing: The demolition of CNU Crossing was completed during the early summer. Construction of the new residence hall began in June and is currently on schedule to be finished by July 2020. The new residence halls will house 80 students, beginning in the 2020-2021 school year.
Information provided by Jim Hanchett, Chief Communications Officer at Christopher Newport University.
~Matthew Scherger, Editor-in-Chief~