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AFIT unveils $13M renovation
Posted: 10/11/2005 by AFIT Public Affairs

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE | Air Force Institute of Technology officials Friday cut the ribbon on a revamped engineering and management building, celebrating new digs for a school whose future was in question just over a month ago. The $13 million makeover modernized classrooms and laboratories in the 1994 building, a part of AFIT's campus on Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

Air Force Brig. Gen. Mark Matthews said completion of the project "portends a great future for AFIT."

"This is just the start. We have more (facility improvements) planned here," including a new academic building and expanded laboratory and library space, he said.

AFIT's future looked less bright this summer when the independent Base Realignment and Closure Commission considered privatizing the school or merging it with the Naval Postgraduate School in California. The commission voted down the idea in August.

"Location does matter," AFIT Engineering Dean Robert Calico said during the brief afternoon ceremony. "Our location here at Wright-Patterson puts us at the heart of Air Force research."

He said AFIT also enjoys close cooperation with local universities and has its roots — it was established in 1919 — in Dayton's aviation history.

"The Air Force and AFIT could not do the things we do without the support of this great community," he said.

By Timothy R. Gaffney Dayton Daily News

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