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  With 2000-01 came significant progress toward the university’s Master Plan. A new project site, Azusa Square, awaits the name of a generous donor to contribute a significant gift. What was once a 11.83-acre vacant lot now serves as the home field for the Cougar women’s softball team, as well as Cougar men’s and women’s soccer teams. The sand-beds come complete with sub-drainage systems to allow for an even playing surface, while providing excellent drainage throughout the year. The children of St. Francis of Rome School, the university’s neighbor to the West, use the field for school and church activities.

Site construction unfolded in two phases: Phase One included the softball field, with a price tag of approximately $729,000. Phase Two included the soccer field, practice field, parking spaces, and restroom building, costing approximately $1.5 million. Total project cost to date: $2.2 million.
Located across from Azusa Square is Administration West. The building serves as a hub for the university administrative staff. Offices relocated from East and West campuses to this new facility created valuable classroom space. The structure now serves as home to the Graduate Center, the Business Office, and the Offices of Asset Management, Construction and Operational Planning, Human Resources, and University Marketing and Creative Media.

The dedication of the 70,000 square-foot Richard and Vivian Felix Event Center marked a crowning achievement of 2001. The $14 million project now hosts Cougar basketball and volleyball games, chapel programs, and other APU events. The surrounding communities also use the Felix Event Center as a venue for graduations, church services, and concerts, among other events.