Auburn University secures funding for new aviation education facility

Published: May. 13, 2016 at 7:07 PM CDT|Updated: May. 13, 2016 at 7:16 PM CDT
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AUBURN, AL (WSFA) - After securing $5 million in state funding, Auburn University is preparing to move forward with the construction of a brand new aviation facility. Land located on the southwest side of the Auburn University Regional Airport is where the planned aviation education center will soon take shape.

The 23,000 square foot facility will replace the current building that has served as the main aviation center since the 1950s. With limited space and maintenance, officials decided it was time to build a state-of-the-art space.

Last year the AU Board of Trustees approved building architects and began work to bring in more financial support. With the recent funds promised from the state, this project is another step closer to becoming a reality.

"This facility is a game changer," according to Bill Hutto, Aviation Center Director. "We can use it in not only educating our four-year programs, but also doing K-12 outreach, and this ties in well with the memorandum of understanding we have with the Alabama Community College System now. So it all ties
together and presents us a great master plan moving forward."

The next step officials will take is completing the design process. After a proposal is approved by the board, they will break ground. Construction is expected to begin in early 2017.

For more details about the Auburn University Aviation Center, click here.

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