PHENIX CITY - Troy University has awarded the construction contract for its new riverfront academic building in Phenix City and activity is expected to begin on the site this month.
Bear Brothers Construction of Montgomery will build the 44,000-square foot, four-story building and is expected to soon begin moving in equipment to the site. Construction is expected to take 14 to 16 months.
Architects for the project are McKee & Associates of Montgomery. The project will be the third building designed by the firm on the University's Phenix City Campus.
“This is the culmination of a 10-year partnership between the city of Phenix City and Troy University," said Dr. David White, Vice Chancellor of TROY's Phenix City Campus. “The University was able to accomplish this project thanks to the generosity of the city of Phenix City, as well as business and private donations."
The new building, which represents phase one of a two-phase riverfront building project, will house programs of the Sorrell College of Business and the College of Health and Human Services. In addition, the building will house the Center for Water Resource Economics and the Center for Risk Management Insurance, representing the first of several centers of excellence that are planned, according to Dr. White.
Phase two of the project, which will double the size of the new building to 88,000-square feet and allow for the relocation of the entire Phenix City Campus to the riverfront site, is expected to take place in the next five to eight years, Dr. White said.
“The vision of a TROY campus on the river in Phenix City was part of a University-city of Phenix City partnership that all felt would lead to economic development of the Phenix City riverfront," Dr. White said. “Evidence of that economic development can already be seen in the development of a Courtyard by Marriott, in the property next to ours, and W.C. Bradley Co.'s purchase of the old Phenix City Plaza just across the 14th Street Bridge. Troy University is pleased and excited to take a leading role in development on the river."