After a year of teaching and learning in the midst of a major construction project, West Virginia University officials, faculty and students on Thursday (Oct. 16) celebrated the opening of the newly completed $12 million addition to the main engineering building.

Interim WVU President C. Peter Magrath , College of Engineering and Mineral Resources Dean Gene Cilento and others officially cut the ribbon to open the four-story, 28,000-square-foot addition to the Engineering Sciences Building on WVU s Evansdale Campus.

Many people have worked to make this day a reality,Cilento said,and we are thrilled to be taking this next step in the evolution of our college.

The college has seen its enrollment nearly double in the past decade, rising to a current student population of more than 3,000. The colleges research program has grown as well, including more than $27 million annually in a wide range of engineering, biometrics, computer science and related high-tech topics. The new addition will help accommodate the growth in teaching and research at the school.

The addition houses the new Engineering Learning Center, which provides study spaces, group study rooms and networked computers and has tutors available daily. The building also houses some of the colleges growing research programs, including offices and labs, as well as a new tiered classroom that seats 120.

The new two-story atrium provides an attractive, new entryway to the college, a gathering place for students and faculty and additional space for special events, such as the annual Engineering Career Fair.

We are very excited about the growth that has taken place in our college in the past decade,Cilento said,and about the opportunity this new wing provides for continued growth and excellence in our programs.

WVU s College of Engineering and Mineral Resources is dedicated to the development of engineering practice, science and research. It offers degrees at the bachelors, masters and doctoral levels, with 11 accredited undergraduate programs.