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Campus groundbreakings: West Virginia State University starts work on residence hall

Also: University of Mary Washington at work on new campus center
University Business, January 2014
The future Judge Damon J. Keith Scholars Hall at West Virginia State University.
The future Judge Damon J. Keith Scholars Hall at West Virginia State University.

West Virginia State University broke ground in October on a 291-bed, $20 million residence hall, the first to be constructed on campus since 1969. The four-story building will sit prominently on the main lawn of campus and provide a “pass through” between the student union and quad.

The project developer, Ambling University Development Group, is working with architecture firms Niles Bolton Associates (Alexandria, Va.) and Silling Associates (Charleston, W.V.), as well as Choate Construction (Atlanta) and Pray Construction (Scott Depot, W.V.). An August 2014 completion is anticipated.

A groundbreaking ceremony for a new 106,000-square-foot, $50 million campus center was held in September at the University of Mary Washington in Virginia. Its location, Ball Circle, is already a place students gather outside to study and socialize, but there is currently no building there in which to do so. Occupants of nearby Chandler Hall, former home to the College of Business and the psychology department, relocated so the building could be demolished to make room for the student center.

The facility will include, among other features, a new main dining hall for campus and a ballroom. Stantec (Richmond) is the architect, and the construction manager is Donley’s (Cleveland).

A new eight-story, 116,000-square-foot center for rehabilitation education is coming to The University of Scranton in Pennsylvania. Workers broke ground in November on the $47.5 million facility, to be occupied by the departments of physical therapy, occupational therapy and exercise science.

The center is designed so representatives of various health-care professions can learn to collaborate for better patient care. There will be 25 labs and a simulated neighborhood with an apartment, garage, grocery store and street for patients to work on daily living abilities.

The project team includes design by Hemmler + Camayd (Scranton), Bohlin Cywinski Jackson (Wilkes-Barre, Pa.) and Higher Education Research Associates, as well as The Quandel Group of Scranton as construction manager. The project’s expected completion date is summer 2015.