Construction work on the $30.3 million project for makeover of West Virginia University’s White Hall is set to be completed by early 2012.The structure was originally housed the Mineral Industries Building built in 1942. Refurbishments commenced in April 2010 with a plan to upgrade the hall to serve as the home of the University’s Department of Physics post revamp work.
The project includes construction of classrooms, offices as well as research labs. Work is currently underway to install fixtures that will help reduce energy and water consumption while improving the quality of air in the interior portion. The research labs and classrooms which carry out sensitive research will be equipped with climate-controlling systems.
The facility will also house a clean lab fitted with advanced air filtering systems. In addition, every storey in the building will feature a glass wall system with outside access. The system will facilitate quick transportation of new equipment without disrupting the research process.