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Grand opening set for new facility

Austin Peay State University will celebrate the opening of the new Austin Peay Center @ Fort Campbell education facility next month.

APSU faculty, staff and students are invited to attend the grand opening at 9 a.m., Wednesday, March 18 at the new classroom/office building across the street from the SSG Glenn H. English Jr. Army Education Center, Bastogne Avenue, Fort Campbell, Ky.

Several dignitaries, members of the Fort Campbell command group and APSU officials will be present for the ceremony.
Austin Peay State University will celebrate the opening of the new Austin Peay Center @ Fort Campbell education facility next month.

APSU faculty, staff and students are invited to attend the grand opening at 9 a.m., Wednesday, March 18 at the new classroom/office building across the street from the SSG Glenn H. English Jr. Army Education Center, Bastogne Avenue, Fort Campbell, Ky.

Several dignitaries, members of the Fort Campbell command group and APSU officials will be present for the ceremony.

If your vehicle is not registered on post, you will need to obtain a visitor's pass from the welcome/registration center inside Gate 4. For the pass, you will need your driver's license, proof of insurance and vehicle registration. The process will take approximately 45 minutes, so allow yourself time.

To get to the new Austin Peay Center @ Fort Campbell, travel on Fort Campbell Boulevard. Enter Gate 3 (Air Assault Street). Turn right at first traffic light onto Bastogne Avenue. On the right-hand side is the new facility.

The project, approved by the State Building Commission in 2007, is unique in that, as far as can be determined, it marks the only time in history a state university has been granted permission to build an educational facility on federal property through a 25-year, long-term land lease with the U.S. Army, with an option to renew for an additional 25 years.

At the English Education Center, APSUwhich has the highest enrollment of the four institutions offering classes on posthad filled to capacity all of its available classroom seats.

Although APSU will use the same number of rooms in the English Education Center, the new facility will provide six additional classrooms, laboratory space and faculty offices.

Architects with Rufus Johnson Associates designed the new $3.4 million building. The University paid for the construction with bonds from the Tennessee State School Bond Authority. A&K Construction, Paducah, Ky., built the facility.

For more information, contact University Advancement, 221-7127. -- Melony Shemberger