Friday, August 14, 2009
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications (304) 696-7153

Kopp unveils conceptual drawings of proposed Applied Engineering Complex

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Marshall University President Stephen J. Kopp today unveiled conceptual drawings of the university’s proposed 140,000-square-foot Applied Engineering Complex during a news conference in his Old Main office on the Huntington campus.

A week ago, the Higher Education Policy Commission approved $25 million in funding toward planning and construction of the facility, which will be located on the north side of 3rd Avenue between the Robert C. Byrd Biotechnology Science Building and the Arthur Weisberg Family Engineering Laboratories. 

It is expected that the new facility will house several departments, including Marshall’s College of Information Technology and Engineering (CITE); the departments of Mathematics and Computational Sciences; a Modeling and Digital Imaging Resource Facility; the new West Virginia High School S.T.E.M. Academy (Grades 9-12); Marshall University Research Corp. (MURC) offices, and engineering and bioengineering research laboratories.

Among those attending today’s event were Dr. Betsy Dulin, Dean of CITE; MURC Executive Director and Vice President for Research Dr. John Maher; Dr. Rosalyn Templeton, Dean of the College of Education and Human Services; Dr. Stan Maynard, Executive Director of the June Harless Center and Associate Dean for the College of Education and Human Services, and Dr. Ron Area, CEO of the Marshall University Foundation Inc. and Senior Vice President for Development.

Also on hand was Steve Burton, Business Manager with the Tri-State Buildings and Construction Trades Council. 

“This project is very, very exciting,” Kopp said. “It is the culmination of a lot of planning and it represents the collective vision of many people coming together. The impact will not only be statewide, but regional and national as well. It would not be at the stage it is now without everyone working to make it a reality.”

Kopp thanked numerous people for their support of the project, including Higher Education Policy Commission Chairman David Hendrickson, members of the HEPC Board, Chancellor Brian Noland and Kay Goodwin, Secretary of Education and the Arts. He also said Gov. Joe Manchin and the West Virginia Legislature, led by President Earl Ray Tomblin and Speaker Rick Thompson, “have been phenomenal.” Kopp added that Senate Education Chairman Bob Plymale has been a champion of engineering for a long time.

Kopp praised Marshall’s Board of Governors for embracing the idea of the Applied Engineering Complex. 

“The seeds of this project have been planted and are beginning to show signs of life,” Kopp said. “There is a lot of excitement out there.”

Kopp said the funding comes from a bond sale approved earlier this year. The funds still must be approved by Gov. Manchin.

Photo: President Stephen J. Kopp uses one of the conceptual drawings of Marshall University’s proposed Applied Engineering Complex to explain the location and purpose of the building.

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