As part of building the Berry Performing Arts Center (2010) and the Balzer Technology Center (2011) during the $118 Million Keeping Faith Campaign, JBU had to demolish 15 duplex housing units in the Broadhurst Village. These duplexes, built in the 1960s, provided apartment-style housing for approximately 90-95 students.
On April 2, 2012, John Brown University announced the plans to build new Northslope Apartments to replace the lost capacity of the duplex housing. An anonymous gift of $4 million was given to fund the building of both the Northslope Apartments and the new Simmons Great Hall. The new Northslope Apartments are scheduled to be completed by Summer 2013.
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The new 10,000 square-foot Northslope Apartment facilities will be built on the “north slope,” an area near the existing JBU townhouses. The apartments will consist of two bedrooms, two bathrooms, an open living room/kitchen area and individual laundry facilities.
“The residential experience is core to many of our educational programs,” said Dr. Beers, vice president for student development and facilities. “These new apartments will provide us with comfortable, flexible spaces to meet the housing needs of our diverse residential students.”
When completed, the townhouse apartments will likely be used to house as many as 46 upperclassmen in each building, with the possibility of use by married students, nontraditional students or even staff.
John Brown University is a private Christian university, ranked No. 1 Best Value among Southern regional colleges by U.S. News & World Report and is listed as one of America's Best Colleges by Forbes. JBU enrolls more than 2,400 students from 40 states and 39 countries. JBU is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.