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New WVU building shows ‘future of engineering’

Daily Athenaeum photo by Askar Salikhov Southern facade of the new Advanced Engineering Research Building.
Daily Athenaeum photo by Askar Salikhov
Southern facade of the new Advanced Engineering Research Building.

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — West Virginia University took a step toward the future of engineering this month when it officially opened a new facility for the Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources.

The Advanced Engineering Research Building will serve as an interdisciplinary facility for WVU students to gather and solve the technical problems of today’s society, according to a WVU Today press release from earlier this month. The building officially opened Oct. 1.

“This (facility) really builds upon our current research infrastructure,” said Mary Dillon, coordinator of marketing and communications for Statler College. “It basically augments the quality of our other research labs.”

Costing $43 million, Burt Hill/Stantec designed the building, and the Massaro Corporation constructed it.

The new AERB includes 63,000 square feet of research and laboratory space, as well as 8,000 square feet for a clean room to meet the “high-technology” needs for learning and discovery in the “new millennium…

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