August 12, 2010
WVU Parkersburg Board of Governors updated on major campus construction projects.
Contact: Marie Foster Gnage, WVU Parkersburg president, 304-424-8200.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The status of campus construction projects was discussed at Wednesday's (August 11) meeting of the West Virginia University at Parkersburg Board of Governors.
Interior demolition work continues on the planned downtown center, located at 705-709 Market Street in Parkersburg, Dave White, director of facilities and grounds, told the board. The building's facade project is expected to be bid out in early fall. Pickering Associates is serving as the project architect.
Progress is under way for a $4.5 million Applied Technology facility which will include classroom and lab space. PWWG of Pittsburgh has been selected as the architect for the center which will provide state-of-the-art learning environments to support technical education and training programs.
A $1 million Child Development Center is in the design phase as well, White said, with PWWG also serving as its architect. Both the Applied Technology and Child Development centers are expected to be bid out by the end of the year.
White noted that a student plaza, located on the front lawn of the campus, is nearly complete. Partially funded by a state legislative grant secured by WV Senator Frank Deem, the $80,000 project connects the Workforce and Community Education complex with the campus via walkways. The plaza will include a clock tower and memory garden with park benches.
Also at the meeting, Dr. Rhonda Richards, senior vice president for academic affairs, made a presentation regarding the college's career pathways and how college programs are developed to build a career ladder configuration. She also discussed WVU Parkersburg's non-traditional programs and delivery mechanisms.
The Board approved the institution's undergraduate tuition and fee waivers for 2009-2010 as presented by Anthony Underwood, vice president for student services.
Board member and Student Government President Teresa Wamer updated the board on the progress in developing an institutional policy regarding bookstores and textbooks.
Dr. Richards advised the Board regarding the addition of three degree Certificate programs in Solar Energy Technology, Energy Assessment and Management Technology, and Residential/Commercial Electricity, and three additional majors to the Associate of Applied Science degree, including Machining Technology, Solar Energy Technology, and Energy Assessment and Management Technology.
The Board of Governors' next scheduled meeting is Oct. 13th.
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