Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Tech Across Ohio - UA to breaks ground for polymer center

The University of Akron broke ground for its National Polymer Innovation Center at 9:45 a.m. Monday 9/14.

The 40,0000-square-foot facility at South Forge and Lincoln streets will house 10 laboratories and prototype manufacturing equipment. UA faculty, students and partners in the polymer and health industries will use the center to develop uses for polymers.

It will be the third facility under construction at the university.

The Exchange Street deck is being expanded by 1,350 spaces, and a 450-bed residence hall is going up east of the new InfoCision Stadium.

Plans are under way for a new engineering building on Wolf Ledges Parkway and a law school across from the current site on Wolf Ledges.

The university will spend $13.3 million on construction and $6.4 million on equipment for the Polymer Innovation Center, which will be next to the Polymer Engineering Academic Center on South Forge Street.

Construction will be complete in June, UA said.


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