Oakwood University ribbon cutting for Peterson Hall
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WAFF) – After months of planning and hard work, renovations to one of the most prominent buildings on the Oakwood University campus in Huntsville are now complete.
The project also comes with a high price tag. The renovation work on Peterson Hall cost about $ 6 million.
WAFF made a tour of the new and improved facility.
There are now more than 100 rooms available to students in the building. Each dorm has plenty of storage space and an attached bathroom.
The on-campus renovations to Peterson Hall also include conference rooms.
“We were able to achieve positive results even during the pandemic. We use this money to reinvest in the future. So with those dollars now, it’s about growing the university forward, ”said Leslie Pollard, president of Oakwood University.
Starting August 8, the facility will host high school students from the Alabama School of Cyber Technology and Engineering.
“This school is Alabama’s magnet school. So our whole purpose is to accommodate and look after the children who do not live in the area. There is no stay fee for those out of town. They come in, they study, the academic program is free. We’re a public school that anyone across Alabama can apply to, ”said Matt Massey, president of the Alabama School of Cyber Technology and Engineering.
Next year, high school students will be moving to another building currently under construction near Research Park in Huntsville.
When that happens, Oakwood University executives have a big plan for Peterson Hall.
“This facility is actually going to be a dormitory and conference center. We will have students and residents, many of whom are eager to get in because it has been completely modernized, ”said President Pollard.
Peterson Hall was originally built in 1955 more than 60 years ago. With all the changes, there are now many more rooms for future students.
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