Building Projects

Campus Growth and Improvement

JBU’s campus has been in a continuous state of expansion and improvement since the turn of the century. Generous supporters have made this growth possible so that current and future generations of students, faculty and staff will benefit from JBU’s beautiful and functional campus. Since 2013, JBU has completed construction on or completely renovated seven projects on campus through the Campaign for the Next Century.

  • Since 2000, over 90% of buildings on campus are new or renovated
  • Since 2000, 94% of new building and renovation costs were paid for by gifts

Since July 2012, John Brown University's main campus has been a zero landfill institution, a transition that is part of an overall sustainability strategy.

  • JBU won a 2014 National Association of College and University Business Officers Innovation Award for its Zero Landfill Initiative, which has diverted over 410 tons of waste from landfills since July 2012
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New and Recently Completed Projects:

Academic Buildings

  • The Health Education Building was built in 2016. The $12 million, 21,000 sq. ft. facility includes three classrooms, clinic teaching space with four exam rooms, four simulation patient rooms, two health assessment labs, a computer lab, offices and study lounges.
  • The Peer-Andrus Studio and Project Barn opened for the fall 2018 semester, providing nearly 17,000 sq. ft. of studio and project space for visual arts and engineering students to expand their hands-on educational opportunities. 


Student Housing and Residence Facilities


  • J. Alvin Brown Hall was built in 1921 and was completely renovated in 2013. The $5.5 million project replaced plumbing, updated bath facilities, repaired sections of the roof and added windows to many rooms. 
  • The Northslope Apartments were built in 2013 to provide housing for 90 students. The two buildings have space for up to 45 students each with apartment-style housing upper-level undergraduate and graduate students. 
  • Mayfield Hall was built in 1964 and was completely renovated in 2018. The $6 million project updated bath facilities, rebuilt residence rooms, replaced the HVAC system with individual room units and updated common areas with new appliances.


Campus and Community Projects


  • The Simmons Great Hall was completed in 2013. This 16,675 sq. ft. banquet facility is the beautiful new "front door" of campus. It provides overflow seating for students during meals and is also a premier venue for community events, weddings and conferences.
  • The Walton Lifetime Health Complex, originally built in 1984, was completely renovated in 2016. The $5 million project created a new community building entrance, updated pool facilities and locker rooms, expanded fitness areas and improved the HVAC system.
  • The Sager Creek Mountain Bike Trail was built in 2016. The five-mile trail features two loops utilizing elevation and geographical features around Sager Creek, which runs through campus. The trail is built for riders of all skill levels to enjoy.
  • JBU's Futsal Courts, the first public courts in Northwest Arkansas, opened in 2017. These courts are used by JBU's varsity soccer and intramural programs as well as the Siloam Springs Youth Futbol Club and a local adult recreational league.