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WVU Construction Update: Students Notice Change While Away

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MORGANTOWN -

Students now back in Morgantown may look around and wonder if they're in the right place.

Construction at West Virginia University is quickly changing Morgantown, and many students had a nice surprise when they returned to campus.

"This building I remember when it used to be the old St. Francis School, and now it's going to be the CPASS building," said graduate student Patrick Cushing, "Watching it go from the ground up, watching them put the foundation in and now, it's pretty crazy to watch that happen over one summer."

A dozen projects are slated to take place over the next few years, putting more than $500 million in renovations into WVU's campuses.

"Throughout the summer I saw big changes as far as the amount of trash that is disappearing off the streets, I think by building new buildings and establishing a newer campus, it will get people to focus more on keeping it clean, and promoting spirit overall," said senior Jake Allison.

The project nearest completion is the College of Law addition, which is expected to open in the spring.

"When we left we didn't see the front facade, the round entrance," said law student Alex Zurbuch. "It was just a lot of rebar, piles of dirt, a lot of cinder blocks scattered about."

Of course construction doesn't come without problems.

"Part of the reason I came here is because the campus is so pretty," said senior Kayla Neely. "I think it's a good thing for us, but the construction kind of stinks now for the people who are here."

The new Advanced Engineering building broke ground in January. The building can be seen as a symbol of growth at WVU. The new facility will not replace any current building, but give the engineering department four dedicated facilities.

"A lot of people focus on things like sports, and how we're growing and joining new conferences and everything, but we're also internally growing out programs and making sure the students have the best facilities," said Cushing.

You can track all of WVU Construction's project on it's website.