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Auburn University announced on Monday that it plans to build a $12 million facility in Gulf Shores. The new campus will serve as both an academic facility and Gulf Coast resource for residents.
The new location will encompass a 24K square foot building at the corner of Beach Express and CoRoad 8.
“We see this as an opportunity to more efficiently serve regional veterinarians and advance animal health while providing an expanded educational experience for our students and residents,” said Calvin Johnson, dean of the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine. “We look forward to being a good academic neighbor for the proposed Coastal Alabama Center for Education Excellence and a strong community partner for the City of Gulf Shores.”More from the BBJ
According to Auburn’s website: Additional Auburn programs expected to use the facility include:
- College of Agriculture – ongoing teaching and research activities related to marine fisheries and aquaculture and ornamental horticulture
- Auburn Aviation Center – non-credit training courses such as an Unmanned Aircraft Systems certificate; specialty courses such as mapping/surveying, precision agriculture and public safety; and K-12 outreach through the Striped Wings student ambassador program and camps for various grade levels
- Office of Research and Economic Development – coordinating research in additive manufacturing and training highly skilled technical personnel heavily focused for aerospace and providing collaboration opportunities with selected research institutions, community colleges, Airbus and its suppliers, GE Aviation and other manufacturers in the Gulf Coast region
- Alabama Cooperative Extension System – plant diagnostic laboratory to support the local commercial market and homeowners, master gardener’s resource office and various 4-H activities and extension meetings for area residents
Congratulations to Auburn on their upcoming expansion!