The sights and sounds of construction work will continue to fill the campuses ofWest Virginia Universityduring the summer months. While work on several major projects will be completed before students return in the fall, other projects will just be getting ramped up.
“Its important that the University continue to invest in the infrastructure of our classrooms, laboratories and campus facilities,said Narvel Weese, vice president of administration and finance.The projects under way are part of the master plan and will further improve the educational environment and support structure of WVU .
Projects that are expected to be completed include the Clark Hall annex extension and attached chiller plant facility. The annex extension will provide additional laboratory space for theDepartment of Chemistryand is being built onto the Chemistry Research Laboratory building. The chiller plant facility will provide chilled water used to cool many of the Downtown Campus buildings. Water pipes have been installed, running between Clark Hall and Wise Library, which will connect Colson Hall and eventually Eiesland and Knapp halls to the system.
Also expected to be finished during the summer is theEngineering Sciences Building east wing expansion, which will provide approximately 28,000 square feet of classroom, laboratory and office space for theCollege of Engineering and Mineral Resources. The structure includes several wet labs, classrooms, a 133-seat auditorium, learning center, private study rooms and state-of-the-art teaching labs.
Two major additions to the Health Sciences and Evansdale campuses are also expected to open doors in the fall. The $30 millionBlanchette Rockefeller Neurosciences Instituteresearch facility will provide 78,000 square feet of state-of-the-art laboratory space and support the activities of up to 100 researchers and staff. The new 48,000-square-footalumni centerwill feature meeting rooms, banquet facilities, an outdoor fireplace and Hall of Honor that will pay tribute to some of WVU s most distinguished and memorable alumni. The new structure will serve as a destination for alumni, friends and the University community.
One project just getting started on the WVU Downtown Campus is the interior renovation of White Hall, which will be the future home of the WVU Department of Physics. Contractors have started the first phase of gutting the building. Classrooms, auditoriums and offices will be renovated.
Work has also begun on the$20 million residence hallfor the WVU Honors Collegeand is expected to be done in time for the fall 2009 semester. The new 91,600 square-foot structure will include five floors, each with resident suites, study and TV lounges and apartments for aresident faculty leaderand a residence hall coordinator. Amenities will include a large multimedia roomcomplete with a screen and projectorwhere seminars and social events can be held, a laundry facility, Internet access and office space.
Plans to develop achild care centerare pending a traffic study being performed by the city of Morgantown and input from members of the community and an architectural design team. The University is preparing to release bids for the construction of the site and expects to break ground in the fall. Design elements include buildings to house a nursery school and day care center, outside playground space, parking and dropoff areas and the addition of trees to beautify the setting.
For more information on the WVU master plan, which outlines campus projects through the year 2010, visithttp://www.wvu.edu/~facserv/MASTER%20PLAN%20FINAL.pdf.