Grand Canyon University has selected a Mesa site for its planned new campus, the preivate Christian school announced Tuesday.

Mesa was chosen over sites in Chandler, Gilbert, Queen Creek and Tempe.

Grand Canyon's announcement said construction of the new facility will start in 2014 with tentative plans to open in late 2015 and full build-out over seven years.

Plans call for offices and administration space, classrooms, labs, library, student union, student dorms, recreational fields and parking.

The school this year had considered a site in Tucson, at the city-owned El Rio Golf Course, and was beginning negotiations with the city to purchase the land. But city officials backed away from the proposal after area residents protested over loss of the golf course.

Grand Canyon officials have said they were putting consideration of a Tucson location on hold while they focused on the planned new facility in Mesa.