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Troy University awards contract for riverfront building in Phenix City

PHENIX CITY, AL (WTVM) -

The Phenix City side of theChattahoochee River will be taking on a new look soon as progress is expectedto begin this month for the new Troy University riverfront academic building.

Troy University has awardedthe construction contract to Bear Brothers Construction of Montgomery. The newfacility will be a 44,000-square foot, four-story building. Bear Brothers willsoon begin moving equipment to the site for the projected 14 to 16 monthsconstruction process.

Architects for the projectare McKee & Associates of Montgomery. The project will be the thirdbuilding designed by the firm on the University's Phenix City Campus.

"This is the culmination ofa 10-year partnership between the city of Phenix City and Troy University,"said Dr. David White, Vice Chancellor of TROY's Phenix City Campus. "TheUniversity was able to accomplish this project thanks to the generosity of thecity of Phenix City, as well as business and private donations."

The new building, whichrepresents phase one of a two-phase riverfront building project, will house programsof the Sorrell College of Business and the College of Health and HumanServices. In addition, the building will house the Center for Water ResourceEconomics and the Center for Risk Management Insurance, representing the firstof several centers of excellence that are planned, according to Dr. White.

Phase two of the project,which will double the size of the new building to 88,000-square feet and allowfor the relocation of the entire Phenix City Campus to the riverfront site, isexpected to take place in the next five to eight years, Dr. White said.

"The vision of a TROY campuson the river in Phenix City was part of a University-city of Phenix Citypartnership that all felt would lead to economic development of the Phenix Cityriverfront," Dr. White said. "Evidence of that economic development can alreadybe seen in the development of a Courtyard by Marriott, in the property next toours, and W.C. Bradley Co.'s purchase of the old Phenix City Plaza just acrossthe 14th Street Bridge. Troy University is pleased and excited to take aleading role in development on the river."

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