Ottawa University-Arizona to Dedicate New Surprise Campus Facilities on Feb. 21
By Claire Natale -
Tuesday Feb 11, 2020
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Ottawa University-Arizona (OUAZ) will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony and dedication program on Friday, Feb. 21, to celebrate the completion of $57 million in new facilities on its Surprise campus.
â€œThese new buildings not only accommodate our growing student body, but they also illustrate our continued investment in academic excellence, student development and campus life. The addition of multi-purpose science rooms, a dedicated cafeteria, residential living spaces, health and wellness facilities, and student study pods has transitioned the campus into a true living, learning community and has infused the campus with positive energy both day and night,â€ said OUAZ President Dennis Tyner.
Construction was completed in fall 2019, and this spring marks the first full semester that students are benefitting from the available services.
The finished projects include:
Oâ€™Dell Center for Athletics: A $25 million, 97,000-square-foot sports complex that includes a recreation center, four-court gym, locker rooms, varsity performance center, classrooms, laboratories, faculty offices, athletic offices, press box and VIP Suite.
Scholars Hall: A $19.8 million, 76,000-square-foot, four-story residence hall with 83 rooms and 340 beds. The building includes four student lounges, Student Affairs offices, faculty offices and the Campus Public Safety office.
OUAZ Student Center: A $12.2 million, 27,000-square-foot, two-story building that houses the dining center, OUAZ fan shop, student lounge, conference center and the Adawe Center.
On Feb. 21, Ottawa University Chancellor Kevin Eichner, OUAZ President Dennis Tyner, and City of Surprise Mayor Skip Hall will provide prepared remarks at a dedication program following the ribbon cutting ceremony at the Oâ€™Dell Center for Athletics. University leadership are proud to announce guests of honor and OU alumni Jim and Jeanne Oâ€™Dell will be in attendance. The Oâ€™Dells, namesake of the OUAZâ€™s athletic center, ma