APUS construction to begin in ’13

CHARLES TOWN – Construction on new American Public University System facilities across North George Street from buildings erected in the last two years is expected to begin in the latter half of 2013, according to APUS officials.

Mike White, vice president of budgeting, taxes and facilities at APUS, says plans for the site, currently under demolition, are still preliminary at this stage.

Demolition to make way for new APUS facilities is expected to be complete in the next couple of weeks, according to officials. Construction is likely to begin in the second half of next year.

“The preliminary plan is that we will expand our campus with one or two additional buildings and some parking,” White said. “They’re not going to be quite as big as what we have here, of course. Probably smaller, like a 60,000 square foot building and/or another smaller building for expansion of employees, for training facilities and office space.”

White said the demolition process is expected to be complete in the next couple of weeks.

He says it is too early to accurately estimate construction costs. “We’re just trying to develop our site plan now to see what Charles Town will approve for us. Our goal is to complete construction by the end of 2014, which means that we would hopefully begin construction in the third or fourth quarter of next year.”

White said APUS remains committed to green building and to expansion centered in Charles Town and Ranson. “We’re excited to do more expansion in the Charles Town/Ranson area. We’re keeping our carbon footprint as low as possible with our solar parking lot for the two existing buildings, which will hopefully both be Gold LEED certified, and we hope to follow that same model with our new construction.”

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