Faculty, staff and students got their first look at the 10,500-square foot addition to McEver Hall during an open house on Wednesday, Oct. 27.
Among the dignitaries on hand for the event were Dr. Robert C. Brown, Arkansas Tech president; Mrs. Jill Brown, first lady of Arkansas Tech; David Moseley, Arkansas Tech senior vice president for administration and finance; Dr. Richard Cohoon, dean of the Arkansas Tech College of Natural and Health Sciences; and Rick Redden of AMR Architects, the firm that designed the expansion.
The new space includes classrooms, offices, biotech laboratories, a computer lab, a conference/seminar area, a zoology collection area and an anatomy preparation room.
The McEver Hall expansion project was tabled by the university in spring 2009 due to a lack of funding, but it was revived in June 2009 when Gov. Mike Beebe released $800,000 in general improvement funds to Arkansas Tech.
Construction on the project began on Sept. 22, 2009, and was completed at a cost of $2.279 million.