University News
For Immediate Release: 
Sep 01 2005

Officials Sign Agreement to Move Road in Anticipation of Building Project at CU

Athens, W.Va. – A sharp curve on the campus of Concord University, which has prompted many nicknames over the years, will be moved to pave the way for a dream that was launched shortly after World War II.

On Wednesday, August 31, officials from Concord University and the West Virginia Department of Transportation signed an agreement to relocate part of the state road in front of the Science Building, in preparation for “University Point,” a new facility that will house an interfaith chapel, museum and an alumni center. The road relocation is a partnership project with the West Virginia Department of Transportation that will eliminate a tight curve in the road.

“We’ve had people on our campus who have wanted this project for over 50 years,” stated Concord University President Jerry L. Beasley. “Right after World War II, a group of supporters started raising money for an interfaith chapel. Over the years, the group raised around $120,000. More recently, several supporters have come through in a big way thus widening the scope of the project. The Wilkes family from Beckley and the Erickson Foundation are now supporting the facility. This project is a tribute to the spirit and character of the people of West Virginia. Now, the dream of former Concord President J. Frank Marsh, Ella Nash Rainey and their contemporaries will soon be realized.”

A groundbreaking ceremony for the new facility is slated for Friday, October 7 at 11 a.m. E.T. Boggess Architects will be designing the facility and a planning committee for the project hopes to turn ground in the spring of 2006.

Art Hodges, Mercer County Administrator for the West Virginia Department of Transportation, said that the move will start on Monday, September 26, “weather permitting.” He noted that, “It will take approximately five to seven days to move the roadbed.”

“The new roadbed will be graded and paved before the old roadbed is removed,” stated Vice President for Business and Finance, James L. “Jim” Cannon. “We hope that the weather cooperates, as we have attempted to schedule this project to be complete before the next big event on campus which is homecoming on October 8.”

Overseeing the road construction will be Mercer County Administrator for the West Virginia Department of Transportation Art Hodges and West Virginia Department of Transportation District 10 Design Engineer Ryland Musick.

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