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Old 08-27-2014, 07:48 AM
 
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Yeah, that's right - 400 rooms. For comparison, the Waterfront Place Hotel has 205 rooms and the Charleston Town Center Marriott has 347 rooms.

It will be where Fieldcrest Hall and Med Center Apartments are now. They will also build conference facilities to hold up to 750 people and a pedestrian bridge across Elmer Prince Dr, connecting it to the Alumni Center.

TheDPost.com - WVU searching for possible hotel partner
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Old 08-27-2014, 08:08 AM
 
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Honest question, is it normal for public universities (or private for that matter) to get involved in ventures like this? Seems strange to me.
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Old 08-27-2014, 08:12 AM
 
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Honest question, is it normal for public universities (or private for that matter) to get involved in ventures like this? Seems strange to me.
I've heard of a few. Here's Auburn, for instance: Auburn Alabama Hotels | The Hotel at Auburn University & Dixon Conference Center | Downtown Hotels
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Old 08-27-2014, 08:21 AM
 
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Not sure how normal but it does happen. Purdue, my alma mater, has a hotel that is through the university - granted they have an awesome Restaurant and Hotel management program - but yeah, it is a pretty nice hotel and a really nice option for basketball and football games. It is a pretty good idea for WVU, IMO.
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Old 08-27-2014, 08:24 AM
 
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As soon as U Place is finally complete is when they'll tear down Med Center Apartments. Probably by the end of this year.

Regarding Fieldcrest Hall as soon as University Park is complete by next fall is when the process to tear down Fieldcrest will occur.

It appears that it will take 18-24 months to build the start of the art facility. So I'm looking at 2017 as to when the eventual completion of the hotel will occur. But man will that be something.
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Old 08-27-2014, 08:29 AM
 
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Not too unusual for a uni. At one time there was a rumor that WVU was going to buy the Waterfront Hotel and use the event center for conferences.

How about parking. With a hotel they can't get away with the minimal parking that is often the norm in Morgantown. Is there anything in the RFP regarding a parking structure?

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Old 08-27-2014, 08:36 AM
 
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Not to unusual for a uni. At one time there was a rumor that WVU was going to buy the Waterfront Hotel and use the event center for conferences.

How about parking. With a hotel they can't get away with the minimal parking that is often the norm in Morgantown. Is there anything in the RFP regarding a parking structure?
Don't know about the RFP, but there's been design work for an extension on the other side of the Mountaineer Station Garage (doubling the capacity). They also stated that a couple more levels could be added on top of the existing one.

http://marchwestin.com/2013/04/04/wv...ystems-garage/
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Old 08-27-2014, 10:08 AM
 
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Honest question, is it normal for public universities (or private for that matter) to get involved in ventures like this? Seems strange to me.
It's fairly common for larger universities to own a hotel and conference center I don't think they're typically as large as this one would be, but I could be wrong.
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Old 08-27-2014, 11:16 AM
 
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Honest question, is it normal for public universities (or private for that matter) to get involved in ventures like this? Seems strange to me.
It is not only normal, it is typical for national public universities to have these types of facilities. Virginia Tech, Ohio State, and Penn State have similar, highly successful facilities and there is every reason to believe such a facility in growing, bustling Morgantown will be at least as successful as those. In addition, the facility will serve as a cornerstone for The University's new Hospitality Management program. This is a wonderful concept that will bring in huge benefits for the school, the community, and the state.

University planners are utilizing thought patterns typical at the best institutions in the country, and are not being bound by the usual concepts found in our state that have long limited our potential. They are developing and building things designed to insure future success and growth, and they are finding partners who are eager to get in on the action to help them do it.
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Old 11-25-2014, 07:55 AM
 
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http://wvubids.finance.wvu.edu/pdf_f...e%20Center.pdf

Found the RFP in pdf. Nothing new, but illustrates the University's desire to advertise the money making capacity of this project.
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