News: Armstrong Center Groundbreaking Set

Artistic rendering of the Armstrong Center at CCU

New Building will be Academic and Spiritual Cornerstone of Campus

Colorado Christian University announced today the completion of the first phase of the Armstrong Legacy Initiative, which raised $30.2 million in five years to build the Armstrong Center in honor of former CCU President Bill Armstrong. Construction will begin in fall 2021 and is scheduled to be completed in approximately 18 months.

"Providing space for both academic and spiritual enrichment, the Armstrong Center will be a cornerstone of our campus," said CCU President Dr. Donald W. Sweeting. "While the space will be a large physical presence on our campus, our bigger hope is that it will help us further our mission of teaching and transforming students to impact their world with the grace and truth of Jesus Christ."

The Armstrong Center will allow the School of Music, which is currently housed in a nearby building north of campus, to return to the main campus. It will also include an expanded library and media center, feature a 500-seat performance theater, and will be home to the University's first-ever dedicated chapel.

"We are humbled and honored by this strong showing of support in such financially uncertain times," said Eric Hogue, vice president of University Advancement. "Donors gave to this project to show their respect and admiration for our former president, Bill Armstrong, but they also gave to ensure the future generation of students has access to quality, Christ-centered education in the Rocky Mountain region."

The Armstrong Legacy Initiative began in late 2016 and raised $30.2 million by March 2021. The next phase of CCU's campus redevelopment, which is currently underway, will involve construction of a second academic building with state-of-the-art facilities to support the rapid growth in students majoring in business, health, science, technology, and engineering programs.

During President Bill Armstrong's tenure at CCU, the University's enrollment more than doubled from 2,500 students in 2006 to over 6,000 in 2016. When CCU celebrated its 100-year anniversary in 2014, Armstrong helped set a vision for the next 100 years that included redevelopment of the University's Lakewood campus. To date, this includes the construction of a new academic building (Leprino Hall), residential buildings (Yetter Hall and Rockmont Hall), and the Anschutz Student Center. Learn more about the Armstrong Presidency at Colorado Christian University.