The University of Colorado is in the early stages of planning a "Center for Academic Success" building that would be roughly 100,000 square feet and constructed on top of the Euclid Autopark garage in the heart of the campus.
The three-story building would serve as a place to bring student-oriented academic services together under one roof, according to early plans.
Malinda Miller-Huey, a CU spokeswoman, said the building would serve as a hub for prospective students coming to the campus for tours and would also house the Academic Advising Center.
"Admissions and advising are a natural fit, and we'll be looking at other tenants to occupy the building," she said.
Campus planners will bring forward more specific construction plans this summer, seeking approval from the Boulder Campus Planning Commission and ultimately the Board of Regents. The "program plan" document will include more details, such as the cost of the project, funding sources and more specific building plans.
If approved, the construction project could begin in August 2014 and be completed a year later, Miller-Huey said.
Other services that could be housed in the building include the Pre-Collegiate Program, which helps prepare middle and high school students for college if they are the first in their families to pursue higher education. It could also include the International English Center and CU's Community Outreach and Engagement office, as well as classroom and conference space.
Every year, the Boulder campus hosts about 28,000 prospective students and their parents, said Kevin MacLennan, director of admissions.
"I think it's really important that we have a nice, comfortable and easily accessible place for our visitors to gather," he said.
Now, prospective students and their families coming to CU for presentations and tours gather in a conference room in the heavily trafficked Center for Community. Prior to the opening of the Center for Community, prospective students gathered in the basement of the cramped University Club building.
If the Center for Academic Success is approved, the admissions office would remain in Regent Hall, but some of its counselors would be located in the new building to assist visiting students and their parents.
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