South Charleston breaks ground on New Tech Center

August 18, 2012 by  

On Tuesday, August 14, officials announced that building had begun for a new state-of-the-art technology center, the Advantage Valley Advanced Technology Center at the West Virginia Regional Technology Park, South Charleston.

Construction began at the start of the month and is expected to continue for the next 18 months. After that, the facility will provide program space for several area community and technical colleges.

The new technology center, costing $15 million, is designed to be incredibly versatile and flexible. It will provide educational programming in several areas, including information technology, megatronics, and power plant technology. The building will also include areas for housing, with the hope of providing space for new employers to the South Charleston area to stay while they survey the area.

Another goal of the new technology complex is to provide multi-purpose and meeting rooms which will be able to host summer programs for students in high school. Laboratories and testing rooms will allow companies to demonstrate products and test items in the experimental or early development stages.

The tech park is growing in other ways as well. West Virginia State University has begun using one of the labs in the park to explore the various ways biochar can be used to improve soil. Bridgemont Community and Technical College has also partnered with Toyota in a program that will train students while allowing them to work at the car-maker’s plant. The goal is for students to complete the program with little or no student debt.

The advancements and construction at the South Charleston park could be announced to the general public with the help of a print company.