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Beyond the News
BUILDING STORIES

Campus groundbreakings
Engineering Innovation Hub
The State University of New York at New Paltz
This two-story, 19,500-square-foot structure, with an anticipated spring 2019
completion, will serve as a business incubator for technology and engineering
startups. Spaces will include a 1,900-square-foot teaching lab, a 3D-printing hub,
a 850-square-foot machine shop and a 1,200-square-foot computer lab, among
other facilities. Urbahn Architects (New York) serves as architect and PC
Construction (Poughkeepsie, New York) is the general contractor for the $14
million facility.

RENDERING COURTESY OF URBAN ARCHITECTS

2020 Project
University of California, Merced
The university broke ground on a $1.3 billion multibuilding project that will nearly double
the campus size and expand enrollment to 10,000 students by fall 2020. The project features
13 new buildings totaling 1.2 million square feet. The first three buildings-a dining facility
and two student residence halls-will open in fall 2018. WT Partnership (San Francisco/Los
Angeles) serves as lead project and contract manager. Webcor Construction LP (San Francisco)
is lead contractor. Architects are Skidmore Owings & Merrill Inc. (San Francisco/Los Angeles),
WRNS Studio (San Francisco), HOK (San Francisco/Los Angeles), Page Southerland Page
(San Francisco), Mahlum Architects (Portland, Oregon) and Indigo Architects (Davis,
California).
Wellness learning center
Husson University (Maine)
A 7,100-square-foot, $3 million wellness learning center
at the Husson University's campus in Bangor, Maine, will
provide more academic space for the university so it can
increase nursing program enrollment. The facility-scheduled
for fall 2018 groundbreaking and fall 2019 completion-
will deliver health services to students and education in
nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy and graduate
counseling. Officials anticipate the wellness center will

feature a 3,700-square-foot simulation lab. The architect,
project manager and construction companies are still being
determined. -Steven Wyman-Blackburn

PEOPLE WATCH

Mirta Martin

20 | February 2018

Mirta Martin has been named president of Fairmont
State University in West Virginia. As a child, Martin
escaped from communist Cuba and lived in a convent in Spain before immigrating to the U.S.
As president, Martin plans to expand access to
underserved students, improve retention rates,
and increase enrollment and fundraising.
Martin served previously as president of
Fort Hays State University in Kansas, dean at
Virginia State University, and as special assistant
to the chancellor of the Virginia Community
College System.

Other people news:
* David A. Thomas took over as president of Morehouse College in Georgia. He was previously the dean
at Georgetown University's McDonough School of
Business in Washington, D.C.
* Indiana State University's new president is Deborah Curtis, who was formerly the provost and chief
learning officer at the University of Central Missouri.
* Merodie A. Hancock will be the fourth president
of Thomas Edison State University. She is currently
president of the State University of New York's Empire
State College. -Steven Wyman-Blackburn
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