MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) - Returning West Virginia University students will be in for a surprise this fall.
Several construction and renovation projects on the two Morgantown campuses are in various stages of completion.
Oglebay Hall at W-V-U's downtown campus is undergoing a 23-point-five (m) million-dollar makeover and will reopen in August.
Joe Fisher is associate vice president for facilities and services. He says Oglebay -- which will house the forensic and investigative science program -- will include additional classrooms, labs, office space -- even a rooftop parking deck.
A new pedestrian bridge will stretch from Oglebay across University Avenue.
A few blocks away, Brooks Hall reopened last week after a nearly 30 (m) million-dollar overhaul. Brooks, which is home to the Department of Geology and Geography, now contains "smart classrooms" with state of the art technology.
Also on the downtown campus, Colson Hall is undergoing an eight-and-a-half (m) million-dollar interior renovation. It will reopen in January.
The engineering building on the Evansdale campus is in the early phases of a 12 (m) million-dollar addition.