James Madison Expansion

By: Shane Symolon
By: Shane Symolon

James Madison University has been growing out into Harrisonburg over the last few years.
Over the last 20 years the student body has doubled at JMU.
With more students comes the need for more space.
And while there have been numerous construction projects on campus, space is limited, leaving the school to look at other options.
The summer is the time of year when the school looks at how it is handling its growth.

"In the longer term plans we have another residence hall planned and another library and both these buildings being on the C-ISAT campus," said Andy Perrine, JMU spokesman.
However, the steady growth has created space problems that can't be solved with more buildings on campus.
"There are faculty practically in broom closests and we really need that space for faculty offices and instructional space as well. "
When the opportunity to grab the Rockingham Memorial Hospital building and the Old Harrisonburg High School came around the University couldn't pass it up.
"The old high school and the hospital will really let us catch up to our growth that happened in the 90's."
These new acquisitions may be all that is needed for quite a while.
"The State Council of Higher Education in Richmond sets our enrollment projections and from where we are now, we're not set to grow more than a thousand students in the next 7 years. "The acquisitions we've made should take care of our needs currently."
Officials say that interior renovations at the old high school will make it ready for students within the next year.
The plan is to have what will be the old RMH building ready for use by students and faculty within five to seven years.


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