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Governor proposes $101M for new center at Radford University

December 30, 2019 GMT

RADFORD, Va. (AP) — The governor of Virginia has allocated almost $101 million toward new building construction at Radford University.

The funds will require General Assembly approval and is a part of Gov. Ralph Northam 2020-22 budget, The Roanoke Times reported.

The money is expected to cover the cost of constructing the Center for Adaptive Innovation and Creative, which Radford currently estimates to be $97.8 million.

The 178,000-square-foot building would replace existing space for the College of Visual and Performing Arts, according to university spokeswoman Caitlyn Scaggs. The facility would include classrooms, studios, performance spaces and multi-use environments, such as simulation and virtual and augmented reality laboratories and computer centers.

The state approved plans for the project in July 2018 and the university expects construction to begin during the fall of 2020.

University President Brian Hemphill said he is excited that the governor is investing heavily in Radford and believes the building will only make students’ education better.