By Lacie Pierson
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- While members of Arthur "Art" Weisberg's family toured the engineering building that bears his name, Marshall University Chief of Staff Matt Turner asked Louis Weisberg, Arthur's son, what he thought of the building.
"Oh, it's great," said Louis Weisberg, president of Service Wire Company. "Dad would really like it."
Art Weisberg founded State Electric Supply Co. and Service Wire Company in the 1950s, and he was part of the groundbreaking ceremony for the complex in October 2012, about one month before he passed away at the age of 88.
In the 14 months since the groundbreaking ceremony, the Arthur Weisberg Family Applied Engineering Complex has sprouted into a four-story facility with 145,000 square feet of what will become state-of-the-art educational space for six different academic components and programs at the university, including the College of Information Technology and Engineering.
The complex is located between the Arthur Weisberg Family Engineering Laboratories and the Robert C. Byrd Biotechnology Center on 3rd Avenue.
Construction on the project is a little more than 50 percent complete, and it is a couple of months ahead of schedule, said Ron May, director of facilities and planning at Marshall.