courtesy Wright State University

(2-4-18) A new center that promises to be a driving force in agriculture education and water quality research has officially opened at Wright State University’s Lake Campus.

About 100 people crowded into the Agriculture and Water Quality Education Center on Friday to watch Wright State President Cheryl B. Schrader cut the ribbon for the center’s official opening.

Wright State President Cheryl B. Schrader

“This new state-of-the-art facility will further cement Lake Campus’ role as a leader in agriculture education and the study of water quality.”

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The ribbon-cutting ceremony also featured remarks by Jay Albayyari, dean of the Lake Campus; State Rep. Keith Faber; State Sen. Matt Huffman; and Jim Zehringer, director of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

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The 8,190-square-foot-center center, which includes a 680-square-foot portico, is just east of Dwyer Hall. The cost of the project, approximately $3 million, is being bankrolled with $1.5 million in state funds allocated by Faber and the rest was raised by Wright State.

The building will provide classroom space for the growing agriculture program; a hands-on research and laboratory area for applied learning and research on agricultural and water quality issues; an outreach facility for community meetings on agricultural production, water quality and other issues; and a focal point for partners to work proactively to support the regional agricultural industry as well as water quality efforts associated with nearby Grand Lake and local watersheds.

The building will include two education classrooms that each seat 24 students and can be combined into one large educational/conference room. Agricultural education lab space designed for diverse hands-on agriculture education activities and research will have seating for up to 24 students. Lab space for water quality research and education will seat up to 12 students. A lobby and conference area will be used as a student lounge and a space for events and conferences for up to 100 people.