The Arizona Desert Lamp

Life during economic downturns

Posted in Campus by Evan Lisull on 22 September 2008

Not so bad in Tempe, is it?

PHOENIX, AZ, Sep 22, 2008 (MARKET WIRE via COMTEX) — Arizona State University pulled out all the stops by creating a virtual resort with the Vista del Sol student housing project with help from Shasta Pools. The Commercial Division of Shasta Pools and Spas has become the expert at helping area universities woo potential students with posh pools and welcoming water features.

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Vista del Sol, at Arizona State University, opened its doors for the 2008 fall semester. The new development, located near the main campus in Tempe, AZ, seems more like a resort than student housing. To accomplish this feel Shasta Pools and Spas Commercial Division teamed up with Hardison Downey Kitchell and American Campus Communities to create a luxurious outdoor space, which includes a posh, resort style pool and enormous spa. The palm tree lined pool is a social hub for residents of Vista del Sol. Students seeking sun have their pick of chairs to lounge on, and those who want some relief from the heat can escape to the ramadas complete with fireplace, outdoor kitchen and plenty of plush seating.

The image above is an actual rendering of the dorm, which was opened to students this fall. The fact that ASU has the chutzpah to go to the State Legislature and put on their best Oliver Twist impersonation, while building dorms that include the pool along with, a movie theatre and a tanning bed (why these are so popular in Arizona, essentially a state-sized tanning bed itself, still baffles me), is incredible.

It’s a running joke here (and, in my experience, nationally) about how little ASU seems to care about academics, but this takes things to a whole new level. Hopefully, UA won’t pull any of these stunts in any of the new dorms slated for construction.


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  1. […] describing them as ‘country clubs.’ But when you have additions like this and dorms like ASU’s, you don’t exactly help yourself out […]

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