Old Dominion University is exploding with growth. Its student body jumped from fewer than 20,000 a decade ago to more than 25,000 this year and is projected to approach 28,000 in five more years.
Buildings are sprouting to meet the demand for classrooms, research labs, housing, dining halls, recreational facilities and even green space. The past five years have brought more than $225 million of construction, including $28 million now under way.
And it's happening on a campus hemmed in by neighborhoods and the Elizabeth River.
ODU's football program has added to the land crunch. In May, as the school was preparing for its fourth season, officials announced that the Monarchs would join Conference USA and play major college football. That means Foreman Field, the university's 76-year-old, 20,068-seat stadium, needs to be expanded or replaced to meet conference standards.