Arizona Daily Star
Jan. 2, 2022
UA's new $81M project designed to help students succeed
When University of Arizona students return from holiday break, they'll be able to meet some of their health and wellness needs at the newly renovated Bear Down Gymnasium. The renovation, which is set for completion in January, is the final piece of an $81 million buildout at the UA called the Student Success District. Construction of the massive project, which aims to seamlessly connect students with all of the resources they need to succeed in college and beyond, got underway in early 2019. Three years later, that $81 million has gone toward renovating the old gym – which opens next semester with a restored basketball court, new tutoring rooms, a Campus Health satellite office, and spaces to exercise, among other services – and connecting it with the nearby and newly renovated Main Library and the Albert B. Weaver Science-Engineering Library. The success district also includes a fourth – and brand new – building: the Bartlett Academic Success Center, which is connected to the gym via a pedestrian bridge. It opened last fall and is now the centralized location where students can access academic support resources through Think Tank and SALT tutoring centers, UA Thrive Center, Student Engagement and Career Development, Student Success and Academic Retention.