MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — WVU is looking to see if a viable partner exists to help design and manage a hotel and conference center near the Erickson Alumni Center.

WVU released a Request for Proposals (RFP) for a hotel and conference center project Tuesday, Aug. 26. Bids are due on Nov. 13.

According to the RFP, WVU is searching for a developer to provide the financing, design, development and operation of a “state-of-the-art and first-class hotel and conference center.”

The site for the complex will be at the corner of Medical Center Drive and 705, now occupied by Fieldcrest Hall and Medical Center Apartments. Fieldcrest Hall was scheduled to be removed from the housing inventory starting in 2016, according to the WVU Housing Master Plan.

The hotel will have 400 rooms and the conference area will accommodate 750 guests. However, the space could be divided into smaller rooms. There are plans for a restaurant and other amenities…