New Groundbreaking Just one of Many Changes at ASU

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -- In the past several years the appearance of the ASU campus at Jonesboro has changed drastically, and in the near future there will be even more changes.

An unconventional indoor groundbreaking is held at Arkansas State University for a Recreation and Wellness Center.  The $18,000,000 building will be built between Arkansas Hall and the Twin Towers dormitories.  This new facility is just one of many projects underway.

"Hopefully in the next ninety days we'll award about $90,000,000 in construction," said ASU's Construction Coordinator Terry Carty.

The construction of the Donald W. Reynolds Center for Health Sciences is underway.  The Chickasaw building is being remodeled to accommodate the growing nursing program.

"It means that our school is making improvements all the way from an academic standpoint to a recreational standpoint," said ASU SGA President Morgan Pippin.

"It's a signal that it's a turning point for Arkansas State University.  It's a point of really getting ready for the next generation," said Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Dr. Rick Stripling.

One of the biggest changes coming up for the university campus is the demolition of the twin towers dormitory.  Crews are already starting to tear it down and coming up in May it will be imploded.

Another big change that will be happening soon is one that affects all students.

"There's nobody who graduates from ASU that escapes getting caught by a train," said Carty.

After years of planning, work on an overpass should be starting soon.  Carty said they hope to have a contract for that project in the next two to three months.

"There will be an overpass that crosses the two sets of tracks belonging to the Burlington Northern and there will be one additional overpass over the Union Pacific railroad tracks on the south edge of campus," said Carty.