BOONE, N.C. (WBTV) - School may be out at Appalachian State University but activity has geared up near the football stadium.
A long-awaited construction project is well underway now as the university replaces seven residence halls. Two new ones are being built now in what was a massive parking lot next to the football stadium.
The stadium will be getting some major work too as the field house that was torn down earlier this year will be replaced.
Officials say the entire construction plan will be implemented in three phases over the next few years.
The first thing to be completed, though, will be a new parking deck. It will more than make up for spaces lost to the new residence halls.
In fact, 250 extra spaces will be part of it. Officials say those are critically needed, especially since the new residence hall plans will add 400 beds on campus.
The entire project will cost in excess of $200 million.
The stadium work will be paid for through donations and revenue from food and events that are held there.
The rest of the projects will be paid for through grants and a public-private partnership.
Students will have to maneuver around the construction areas when classes begin in the fall but a website will keep them up to date on any changes and new routes they might have to take, said officials.
When it is complete, they say there will be more green space and buildings will be upgraded to state of the art.