American University of Central Asia President Andrew Wachtel led a hard hat tour of the new campus under construction. The project, located two miles south of downtown Bishkek, is designed to be environmentally sustainable. The main academic building will be the first private construction project in Central Asia built with geothermal heating and cooling and rainwater harvesting for sewage and irrigation.
The new building features an open design to promote student collaboration, expanded applied arts spaces, and a state-of-the-art science lab. Donors, including USAID, Kumtor, and Open Society Foundation, will feature prominently in the new project, including named classrooms. AUCA is expected to move into the building in May and hopes to celebrate its inauguration in June, likely in coordination which commencement exercises. Renderings of the new built may be found here.