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Engineering complex going up

Mar. 22, 2013 @ 02:23 PM

HUNTINGTON -- Things are moving on schedule in the construction of the Arthur Weisberg Family Applied Engineering Complex.

Crews have completed installation of the building's 194 concrete piers. Work is under way to connect those with concrete grade beams to hold up the building, said Ron May, director of facilities, planning and management at Marshall University.

The 145,000-square-foot facility, located along 3rd Avenue, will house the university's engineering program.

Crews recently completed deep, underground plumbing and electrical wiring, May said. This week they closed 17th Street to deliver telecommunications and electrical needs from a neighboring building.

Structural steel will begin arriving April 15. That process will continue through the summer and force crews to close one lane of 3rd Avenue, May said.

The director reported no problems with vehicle or foot traffic in the area. Weather also has caused little delay, May said.

Construction started in November 2012. The complex is forecasted to be under roof by the end of 2013, though the project as a whole is expected to take 28 months.

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