Funding Approved for New WKU Commercial Building

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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) — Western Kentucky University has been approved to receive $74 million from the Kentucky General Assembly.

These funds will be used to relocate the Gordon Ford College of Business.

The new building will replace the former location of the Tate Page Hall.

This is the first capital project allocation WKU has received from the General Assembly since Ogden College was funded in 2014.

WKU is still in the early planning stages, but selected a team from Chicago who helped design other buildings on campus.

Jace Lux, spokesperson for the university, said: “This will help us recruit students and showcase some of the best business facilities, not just in the Commonwealth, but across the country. This will certainly help prepare students in more modern facilities for the demands of the workforce whenever their time on the hill comes to an end. This will truly provide our faculty and staff with additional opportunities to conduct research and engage in constructive discussions with their students as they prepare for what lies ahead.

WKU officials expect design plans to be completed within the calendar year.

As of now, there are no plans on what will happen to Grise Hall once the new construction is complete.

Officials say they will continue to use Grise Hall during this time.

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