About The Project

Cutting-Edge Spaces, Transformative Experiences

Honoring and Preserving History


Student Success District map

In 2019, the university began construction to transform the Main Library, the Albert B. Weaver Science-Engineering Library, Bear Down Gym (which is now called the Bear Down Building), and a new four-story LEED GOLD certified Bartlett Academic Success Center into an interconnected Student Success District that empowers generations of students. Outdoor patios and walkways become more than connections between buildings; they provide unique spaces for everything from collaboration to meditation.  

Completed in spring 2022, the Student Success District is the place that drives students’ 24/7 development through an array of student support services and spaces based on collaborative, hands-on learning with deep technological engagement.

The renovated Bear Down Building is the heart of the District, which was intentionally designed to encourage augmentation and expansion of learning that occurs in the classroom. The nine-acre District is also uniquely situated in one easy-to-find location on the University campus. Inspired by student input, we are committed to ensuring that the district provides all students with seamless access to the resources and expertise they need to reach their academic and career goals.

Bear Down Building is a cherished campus building with a rich history of serving our students in multiple roles and for many purposes over its storied life. We want this legacy to live on. Careful attention was given to preserving the iconic elements of the building exterior; respecting the historic volume of space; and retaining important elements of the suspended mezzanine bleachers and gym floor. This historic icon remains on the National Register of Historic Places and was renovated and preserved per the Secretary of the Interior’s guidelines, in consultation with the State Historic Preservation Office.

The Student Success District is a distinctive project that brings together the university’s commitment to academic and research excellence, student support, health and wellness, and the preparation students need to become leaders in the modern workplace.   


We’re committed to academic excellence, student support, and health and wellness. Here’s our impact in numbers in one year.