With 2000-01 came
significant progress toward the universitys 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 womens
softball team, as well as Cougar mens and womens
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 universitys 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.