Arizona Christian University

Glendale, AZ


Project Description

69 acre campus master plan & redevelopment

Project Status

Preliminary Design / Fundraising

Building God's Way and Schifferer Built Construction have been working with the leadership of ACU on a bold plan to relocate from their current location to a new campus in Glendale, AZ, the former home of Thunderbird School of Global Management, increasing their campus size from about 20 acres to nearly 69 acres and from 150,000 square feet of buildings to nearly 500,000.


After a fifth consecutive year of record enrollment, ACU was at capacity at its Cactus Road campus. In the best interests of advancing and continuing to grow its vital mission, ACU entered into a real estate transaction with Arizona State University. This opportunity gives ACU room to grow on a campus that is much larger and has dozens of state of the art academic and student life buildings.  The buildings, IT equipment, student housing, facilities and amenities that were a part of the Thunderbird campus will now be revitalized and utilized by ACU faculty, staff, and students.


The new ACU location will enhance campus life for students in so many exciting ways, creating ample on-campus student housing including resort-style living and a swimming pool, an expansive library 10 times the size of the current library, nearly three times as many parking spaces, a campus store, a coffee shop, a huge student union and dining hall, and space for athletic teams to practice and compete on-campus.


In addition, ACU will now have a number of new revenue sources that will come from an on-campus hotel, conference services, retail leases, and the campus store.