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Arkansas State University's Mexico campus on track

Credit Johnathan Reaves, KASU News
An image of the steel structure that makes up a key academic area at the Arkansas State University campus in Queretaro, Mexico.

The first phase of Arkansas State University’s campus in Queretaro, Mexico should be complete next spring.  The new campus will be built outside of Queretaro City, and it being built in four phases, with a total cost of at around $75 million. 

The new campus is actually a mixed-use design with the new campus as the anchor.  The total master plan community consists of over 2,000 acres…370 acres consist of the campus, with the rest a mix of residential and commercial properties. 

It will include a downtown area, an industrial park, an entertainment center, retail space, botanical gardens and more.  Arkansas State University’s Chancellor Dr. Tim Hudson was in Queretaro last week and saw the work that continues on phase one of the project:

He tells about the scope of the project so far:

Arkansas State University's Mexico campus on track

He says Queretaro is a smart choice to place Arkansas State’s Mexico campus

Arkansas State University's Mexico campus on track

Breaking down the numbers, the services area is where facilities management will be located.  The facilities management will be 28,700 square feet of space and will be the core system.  The residential area consists of 284,000 square feet and has four buildings to hold one thousand students in double rooms. 

The faculty residents are almost 26,000 square feet and have 12 apartments. 

The academic areas consist of classrooms as well as engineering, biotechnology and computer labs, a library, lecture halls, academic offices, and a 129,000 square foot student union. 

The sports area is located on 17 acres and will house a football field, tennis courts, basketball courts, soccer fields, a fitness center and a gym. 

The first phrase is set to be complete by Spring of 2017 and will hold about five thousand students.  The first phase will focus on the services area, residential area, academics and sports areas.  When all four phases of the project are done, the student capacity is expected to be about 20,000 students.  All four phases of the project are expected to be complete by 2021.