BOULDER, Colo. (September 9, 2013)--On the week of September 16, 2013, Naropa University will commence construction of a new all season pavilion on its Arapahoe campus, 2130 Arapahoe Avenue, Boulder. A groundbreaking ceremony is planned for 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at the site of the new building.
The new pavilion will provide a 1,350 square foot community space between the university's Performing Arts Center and Sycamore Hall, allowing for comfortable pre- and post-event gathering space at the Performing Arts Center, more student lounge space, as well as upgrades and expansion of the Naropa Café. Construction will also include the removal of a passageway connecting the Performing Arts Center and Lincoln Building, allowing for pedestrian traffic flow between the two buildings, as well as the opportunity to build an ADA compliant ramp to the back of the Lincoln Building. Aside from this ramp replacement, no other changes are planned for the historic Lincoln Building. The construction project will also address some important electrical and water infrastructure needs.
The university initiated the pavilion project in hopes of creating a more welcoming and accessible campus community space for students, staff, faculty, and the thousands of visitors who attend performances and events at the Performing Arts Center. During construction the Naropa Café will close and begin operating out of a food truck on campus. Parking on the Arapahoe campus will also be affected, with some parking closed off. The university has rented off-site parking for the use of staff, faculty, and students. Visitors to evening events in the Performing Arts Center should continue to find adequate parking on campus. Construction is anticipated to be completed prior to the end of 2013, during the winter break.
Naropa's pavilion project is the next step in their overall plans for campus improvement. The university just completed a 1,850 square foot addition to their Paramita campus to accommodate increased numbers in graduate psychology programs, which are housed at that campus. Planning is also now underway for additional improvements to Naropa's Nalanda campus in east Boulder, which houses the university's Visual Arts and Performing Arts programs.
Naropa University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Naropa University is a private, nonprofit, nonsectarian liberal arts institution dedicated to advancing contemplative education. This approach to learning integrates the best of Eastern and Western educational traditions, helping students to know themselves more deeply and engage constructively with others. The university comprises a four-year undergraduate college and graduate programs in the arts, education, environmental leadership, psychology, and religious studies.