Agricultural Sciences Building
Start: June 2013
Completion: Summer 2016
Contractor: PJ Dick
The new Agricultural Sciences Building will be constructed to the East of the existing building.
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The New Agricultural Science Building is designed to achieve academic excellence and research for the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design. The building is constructed to house the Agricultural Sciences program. The new building will be 128,000 square feet with an unfinished space for future completion of 8,000 square feet. It will be a five story building with a 207,000 GSF located east of the existing building across from Percival Hall.
The new building will have 73,000 square feet of offices and classrooms. To support the research goals of the WVU 2020 Strategic Plan, the building will have 55,000 square feet of laboratory and research space. To facilitate the University’s goal of offering more general education courses on the Evansdale campus, the building will also have General Purpose Classrooms that will service many departments with the College including Animal & Nutritional Sciences, Plant & Soil Sciences, Resource Management, Enrollment Services, Extension Services and Administration. The building will be fully integrated into the utility infrastructure for the Evansdale Campus and will have energy efficient systems.
The project scope also includes the abatement and demolition of the existing Agricultural Sciences building once the construction is completed and the old building is vacant. The South Agricultural Science Building facade will also be renovated to match the exterior facade of the new Agricultural Sciences Building and a new addition with 7,000 SF of shell space will be constructed once the existing Agricultural Science Building is demolished.
Construction fencing will be going up near the site of the new Agricultural Sciences Building on the Evansdale Campus. The fencing will remain on site throughout the duration of this expansive project. Immediate work scheduled to take place will be excavating the hillside and putting in a retaining wall. Parking lot areas affected by this construction will be permit areas 46 and 43. In addition short term 4 parking, across from Allen/Percival Hall will be eliminated. Alternatives for short term parking are short term 6 up the hill adjacent to Allen/Percival Hall and short term 1 by the Greenhouse. map
At the start of construction, a fence will be erected around the entire site. Parking Lot 46 & 43 will be closed during construction. Short term 4 will also be eliminated. The parking lot adjacent to the President’s house is being expanded to offset this loss of parking. The most significant change related to this project will be the closing of Evansdale Drive to through-traffic. A gate will be installed near the PRT crossing at Bennett tower to allow only authorized personnel access to Evansdale Drive between the new Ag Sciences building and Percival Hall. The University is studying permanent closure of this section of Evansdale Drive to promote a more pedestrian friendly campus and minimize pedestrian-vehicular interactions.
Vehicles can access the President’s and Percival parking lots on Evansdale from the west. There will be signage along both ends of Evansdale to alert the public of the new traffic patterns.
The sidewalk from South Ag to Percival Hall will be closed permanently at the start of construction. Students will be redirected to the sidewalk at the Greenhouse along Evansdale to get to Percival Hall and beyond.