RADFORD, Va. (WDBJ7)— A $33 million campus renovation project is nearly complete at Radford University.
Modifications on Reed and Currie Halls have been happening for about two years now. In just a few short weeks, students will finally be able to go inside of these spaces to make the most out of their STEM educations.
“We’re thrilled for our students and our faculty members to be able to take advantage of this extraordinary facility,” said Dean Orion Rogers, of the Artis College of Science and Technology, in an exclusive first interview with WDBJ7.
Rogers is excited to both move into his new office and to show the community what has been going on behind all of the construction.
“We’re preparing our students to take advantage of those opportunities and to become entrepreneurs themselves,” Rogers said.
The project helps to connect all three science buildings on campus, while also preserving the original woodwork features of Reed and Currie Halls. Lots of glass and windows help to make science more visible to the community.
“Our buildings were designed with lots of glass to enable students to look into labs to see what’s happening and ask what’s happening there and how do I get in there?” Rogers said.
The facilities also feature state-of-the art laboratories, study spaces and competition rooms for cyber security and the annual capture the flag rivalry. There will also be biomechanics, virtual reality and drone labs. Funding for the project came from the commonwealth.
“It allows us to show our facilities to the community and to the citizens of the commonwealth who paid for this and we’re grateful to them for being part of our mission,” Rogers said.
University President Brian Hemphill said in a statement, “With support from the Commonwealth of Virginia, Reed and Curie Halls are being renovated with a keen focus on transforming the buildings to prepare our students for emerging, high-tech workforce needs of today and tomorrow. The state-of-the-art facilities will improve the hands-on delivery of a world-class education in STEM fields through innovative approaches. I am tremendously proud of the many individuals, who worked tirelessly on planning and executing this successful project. Our students, faculty and staff will be so proud to walk through these doors as we begin the Spring 2020 semester in January.”
The project will be completed on schedule and within budget, just in time for the upcoming spring semester.
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