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To those who frequent Morgantown it's no surprise that Touchdown City is currently Construction City. Whether you're driving down University Avenue, across Route 705, or just anywhere with in view of the Evansdale Campus it's hard to miss all the projects going on.

"It's very exciting if your a WVU student now, or are a future one," said Robert Moyer, WVU director of Facilities Management and Scheduling. "Students are looking for the best, and know your trying to create the best learning and teach environment out there, and I think that's what we're providing."

Scheduled to be finished in April, the law school addition is the first scheduled, of more than a dozen active projects at WVU, to be completed. Those others include constructing new research facilities, housing, and student space.

"I'm a mechanical engineering student, but I'm never going to see the new Advanced Engineering Research Building. That's the one that caught my eye," said WVU sophomore Nathan Carlett. "It'll be good for the students once they get all that open because there really isn't anywhere to eat up there accept one of the fast food places."

A student union like facility called the Evansdale Crossing is being built near the PRT will help address that need.

The projects aren't cheap. Moyer said between its construction and private-public partnership developments, more than $500 million are being spent, much of it on Evansdale Campus.

"We did a lot of construction renovating Brooks Hall, and Oglebay, Colson. Prior to that Life Sciences and the Wise Library, so a lot of work is done on the downtown campus, so it was just natural to bring it to Evansdale," he said.

Closer to campus the University Place project is redeveloping the Sunnyside area. Slated to open in the fall of 2014, it will add new student housing and retail space.

"It is unfortunate for some," Carlett said. "But I think it will be nice once this all opens up. We're going to have a grocery store, and I'm pretty happy about that."