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WVU to use Arnold Hall as temporary offices, classrooms

Created on:   Thu, Feb 8, 2018   5:50 PM

Last modified:   Fri, Feb 9, 2018   7:41 AM

The Dominion Post

MORGANTOWN — WVU has found a use for Arnold Hall — though temporary — as former dorms will become offices and classrooms.

This academic year, WVU stopped using Arnold Hall, along Wiley Street, for residential living. Students who used to live in Arnold now live in part of University Place in Sunnyside, rebranded as Seneca Hall.

Recently, WVU also announced plans to move the College of Business and Economics to a new facility along Beechurst Avenue. The new home would sit on the site of Stansbury Hall. The WVU Board of Governors approved engineering and architectural work for that project.

WVU is also seeks a firm to help with renovations of Hodges Hall, also on Beechurst.

Rob Alsop, vice president for strategic initiatives, said as a result of those two efforts, the university looked for options on where to place the groups that house Stansbury and Hodges. The decision was made to move those groups to Arnold Hall.

The university looked at renting space, but determined that wasn’t the best option. In fact, Arnold Hall is already organized like some academic buildings with long hallways with rooms on the sides, Alsop said. Those rooms that were once bedrooms will become office space.

Some of the spaces in the facility will also become classroom space. There will also be some renovation work to the facility.

The university estimates the total cost of renovations and move at about $550,000.

Aslop said the use of Arnold Hall will only be for a couple of years. WVU officials have long discussed possibly demolishing Arnold at some point.