The board is hereby authorized and empowered:
(a) To adopt bylaws for the regulation of its affairs and the conduct of its business.
(b) To adopt an official seal and alter the same at pleasure.
(c) To sue and be sued in its own name, plead and be impleaded: Provided, however, That any and all actions at law or in equity against the board shall be brought only in the county in which the principal office of the board is located.
(d) To construct, maintain, repair and operate and dispose of armories and armory projects at such locations within the state as may be determined by the board.
(e) To issue armory board revenue bonds of the State of West Virginia payable solely from revenues, for the purpose of paying all or any part of the cost of any one or more armory projects.
(f) To contract and to acquire in the name of the state by purchase or otherwise on such terms and in such manner as it may deem proper, or by the exercise of the right of condemnation in the manner hereinafter provided, such public or private lands, including public parks or reservations, or parts thereof or rights therein, rights of way, property, rights, easements and interests, as it may deem necessary for carrying out the provisions of this article; and to dispose of the same in accordance with the law: Provided, however, That no compensation shall be paid for public lands owned by the state or any subdivision thereof so taken and that all public property damaged in carrying out the powers granted by this article, shall be restored or repaired and placed in its original condition as nearly as practicable.
(g) To acquire, hold and dispose of real and personal property in the exercise of its powers and for its corporate purposes.
(h) To appoint officers and agents and to fix their compensation.
(i) To make and execute all contracts, agreements and other instruments necessary or incident to the performance of its duties and for its corporate purposes.
(j) To receive and accept from any federal agency grants for or in aid of armory projects, and to receive and accept aid or contributions of either money, property, labor or other things of value, from any source including counties, municipalities, boards of education and other political subdivisions or agencies of the state.
(k) To charge rent for the use of any armory or armory project, or any part thereof, subject to and in accordance with such agreements with bondholders as may be made as hereinafter provided.
(l) To enter upon any lands or premises for the purposes of making surveys, soundings and examinations.
(m) To do all things necessary or convenient to carry out the powers granted in this article, including the management and use of armories and armory projects not inconsistent with their use by the state for armory purposes as defined herein.