Contractor Selected for Nido and Mariana Qubein Arena, Conference Center and Hotel

Aug 27th, 2018

Contractor Selected for Nido and Mariana Qubein Arena, Conference Center and Hotel

HIGH POINT, N.C., Aug. 27, 2018 – Through a joint venture, Christman Company and Samet Corp. have been selected as the contractors for The Nido and Mariana Qubein Arena, Conference Center and Hotel. Construction on the facility begins immediately.

A formal groundbreaking for the facility has also been set for 4:30 p.m. on Sept. 22 as part of HPU’s Fall Family Weekend.

In March, HPU announced that The Nido and Mariana Qubein Arena, Conference Center and Hotel would be located on HPU’s main campus at the corner of Lexington Avenue and University Parkway.

“We expedited this project while also relocating and completing new intramural fields that were originally located on the construction site for students to begin using when they returned for the fall semester,” says Steve Potter, vice president for facilities and auxiliary operations. “Our campus continues to make progress on major construction activity.”

This $120 million facility is scheduled for completion in 2020. It will house the HPU men’s and women’s basketball programs and will be a venue for major events, speakers, concerts, entertainment, academic symposia and recreational activities.

The Nido and Mariana Qubein Arena, Conference Center and Hotel will be located on the corner of Lexington Avenue and University Parkway.

The arena will seat 4,500 spectators and include luxury suites, locker rooms, staff offices, concession stands, a merchandising area, media suite, film room, press conference room, weight room, athletic training room, hospitality area, high tech audio and video equipment, ticket office and practice gym.

“It’s going to help us greatly in recruiting once that is up and running, and our students, alumni and community will have an outstanding place for 4,500 people to gather,” says Orlando ‘Tubby’ Smith, HPU alumnus, NCAA championship winning coach and HPU men’s basketball coach. “There is no question once we get recruits to campus, they are going to realize that this is the best campus in the country and the direction of the university is far superior to a lot of colleges.”

The conference center will seat 2,500 visitors and will be a space for growing undergraduate and graduate programs, student groups, academic conferences and community organizations. It will have the ability to be subdivided into smaller venues with lighting, sound and video for state-of-the-art presentations.

A small, executive hotel will be located adjacent to the conference center to support a proposed hospitality management program and accommodate a growing number of requests by organizations that specifically want to tour the campus and experience HPU’s unique educational environment and culture. The hotel will provide 30 to 40 residential rooms with dining facilities and meeting rooms.

In 2017, HPU’s Board of Trustees voted to name the facility in honor of the Qubein family.

“Dr. Qubein’s visionary leadership has ignited the ‘against all odds’ transformation that has taken place at High Point University,” says Dr. Richard Vert, immediate past chair of the HPU Board of Trustees. “This facility will support a student body that has tripled in undergraduate enrollment, Division I sports teams and major university events that draw thousands of attendees. Naming this university facility in the Qubein family’s honor is a symbol of the board’s profound gratitude and appreciation for their leadership, service, and above all, their unwavering belief and commitment that HPU could become an internationally recognized and sought-after institution.”