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ASU's landmark Manzanita Hall shows off modern remodel

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TEMPE, Ariz. -

In this day and age of TV shows showing all kinds of home makeovers -- a huge makeover for a place that will be home to hundreds of ASU students.

After closing its doors three years ago, ASU's iconic Manzanita Hall is opening up again after a massive overhaul.

"I've never seen a building flip the way this one has been."

It's by far one of the most recognizable buildings on campus, located right on University Drive near Sun Devil Stadium.

Manzanita Hall first opened as a women's freshman dorm in 1967. Now, it's set to re-open.

While the outside of the building still looks pretty much the same, the inside is much different.

"Everything in the building is new. We completely gutted out the building and underwent a significant renovation. We did keep the shell because it is an iconic building here in Tempe, Arizona," says Kendra Hunter.

The new students will be living in expanded bedrooms. The rooms will be divided into suites with 2-4 bedrooms, and 1-2 shared bathrooms.

"Every single one of our floors, they're going to be connected to another floor. I live on the 15th floor and we're connected to the 14th so we share two different lounge spaces, which is cool, and the laundry rooms and stuff like that," says Tyler Wulff.

Tyler Wulff is a senior community mentor who will help the new freshman get acclimated to their new lives on the ASU campus.

He says the building is designed to get students to not just live together -- but work and study together. That's because everyone living there will be tied to the university's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, which has around 60 majors tied to it.

"Because everybody is like kind of similar, they have a good chance to take the same classes, have all the pre req's, and that way you have somebody to study with. Maybe somebody to ask questions, 'hey did you like this professor? Maybe I'll take them,' stuff like that."

And, of course, have some fun together.

"There's a brand new gym. There's the basement that has all the games and stuff like that. We also have this great backyard where a lot of people are going to be hanging out. I have not seen it empty since like people have moved in here," says Wulff.

"We got a basketball court, we have a volleyball court, we have a big giant deck with different furniture."

The inside construction makeover took three years to complete. ASU students start moving in this weekend for the start of the new school year.

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