ASU's Manzanita Hall gets a makeover

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey
By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey
By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey
By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey
By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Hundreds of ASU students are getting ready to move back to campus this weekend. But this year, one of the university's most famous dorms is open for business once again!

Manzanita Residence Hall at Rural and University is opening after being shuttered for a massive, $50 million-dollar makeover."Manzy," which first opened as a women’s freshman dorm in 1967, was home to about 1,000 students each year for four decades, before closing in early 2011 for renovations.

Construction during the past three years has gutted the landmark building. And while the outside remains the same, the inside looks much different.

"It's beautiful," one new resident told 3TV. "We're very lucky to get a chance to live in something like this. They did a lot to it."

The 800 or so Sun Devils moving into the remodeled, co-ed dorm will find a more spacious lobby, a state-of-the-art gym, basketball courts and a sand volleyball court. The main lobby also has a business office. Downstairs features a rec room and two private study rooms.

The dorm's elevators were notoriously slow. So new students will be happy to hear that two of the  four elevators have been rebuilt, while the other two have been replaced with lifts like those used in hospitals, to ease the process of moving in and out.

The new rooms are tiny, only about 200 square feet. They'll be divided into suites, with either two or three bedrooms and one shared bathroom, or four bedrooms and two shared bathrooms.

All the beds are loft-style bunk beds, and each room comes equipped with a mini-fridge and microwave.

"We're really excited to partner with the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, to provide an opportunity for their students to live here in Manzanita," says Kendra Hunter, Director of Residence Life. "We are very excited about the amenities, and the folks that are living here are going to be able to take advantage of all those great things."

More than 12,500 students will be moving into campus residence halls Aug.16-21, for the 2013-2014 academic year