Member's Press Release

Release Date: 08/07/2009
Contact: Senator Bob Plymale at (304) 357-7937

Senator Bob Plymale

Plymale Secures $25 Million for Engineering at Marshall University

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Senator Robert Plymale, D-Wayne, Chairman of the Senate Education Committee, announces Marshall University will receive $25 million for the construction of a second engineering facility.

“I've been dedicated to restoring the engineering program at Marshall University since I was first elected to the Legislature 17 years ago," Plymale said. "And six years ago we took the first legislative step to combine the proud tradition of engineering at Marshall with the technology of today. This $25 million represents an investment that will give us a competitive advantage in the future as we rebuild infrastructure and recruit new businesses to the state.”

Funding for the project is the result of bonding legislation passed in the first special session in June and will allow Marshall University to move forward with the second phase of planned construction of a new applied engineering facility. Phase I began with the Arthur Weisberg Family Engineering Laboratories building, which was dedicated on August 16, 2008. The additional construction calls for approximately 130,000 square feet to house primarily the College of Information Technology & Engineering (CITE). It will be a hub for teaching, learning, and research unique to the region. The new facility will also support West Virginia’s efforts to create innovative new methods designed to improve infrastructure and enhance economic growth and development in areas such as manufacturing.

"Despite limited physical space, Dean Betsy Dulin and CITE’s outstanding faculty and staff have the fastest growing enrollment on Marshall’s campus," Plymale said. "This new building will complement the Weisberg Engineering Laboratories, create a comprehensive state-of-the-art learning environment for students and faculty, and fill the increasing need for skilled engineers."

For further information please contact Senator Bob Plymale at (304) 357-7937


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