Campus construction project underway

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Reporter - Jason Hibbs
Photojournalist - Chad Darnall

PADUCAH, Ky. - Crews continue working on the $10 million Murray State University Paducah Campus.
The building is located right off interstate 24.

The completion date is December 14.

The contractor is confident he can meet or beat that deadline, and for people at the old campus, that can't come soon enough.

"We are max capacity now so we want to offer more opportunity, more programs," MSU Paducah Campus Dean Brian Van Horn said.

Van Horn was here when the Crisp Family donated the building back in 1998, and Murray State opened the Paducah campus.  Since then, a lot has changed.

"We've grown from 200 to 250 students to 700 plus now in the fall," Van Horn said.

They've outgrown their classrooms.

"A couple of the classrooms we've utilized were actually previously offices," Van Horn said.

The new building offers more space, and more academic programs for non-traditional students, like Susan Skipworth, who is too busy with family to drive to Murray to get the bachelor's degree she wants.

"I would prefer to stay up here, I'm happy this campus is going on and I'm following what's going to be offered there," Skipworth said.

As a tutor and recent graduate of West Kentucky Community and Technical College, she knows the importance of the building being constructed across the interstate, because of the opportunities that will be available, inside.

Van Horn said he's not sure what the university plans on doing with the Crisp Center on Paducah's south side once they re-locate.

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