University of Akron secures funds for law school renovation

By The Associated Press | Posted - Sep. 9, 2015 at 1:20 a.m.

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AKRON, Ohio (AP) — The University of Akron has received the final piece in its funding puzzle for a $21 million project to renovate the C. Blake McDowell Law Center.

The Beatrice Knapp McDowell Family Foundation gave the law school $2 million and now it has the necessary funds to begin construction on the building in December.

Matthew Wilson, head of the UA School of Law, says they have been trying to secure funding for the project for about eight or nine years. He says the $21 million will be paid through state funds, money already saved by the university and private donations.

The project will be completed in two phases and construction is estimated to take 18 months. The building will be downsized in addition to cosmetic renovations.

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