General Assembly Actions Initiate $262 Million for JMU Construction


The General Assembly approved a variety of funding sources for capital projects at James Madison University for the next biennium. More than $167 million in capital projects were approved for JMU by the General Assembly with an additional $2.8 million approved for detailed and pre-planning of projects ultimately totaling more than $95 million. 

"We are pleased with the actions of the General Assembly. The approval of these projects assist in the advancement of higher education at JMU and across the Commonwealth," said JMU President Dr. Linwood H. Rose. 

General funds approved include the following projects: 

  • Biotechnology building - Centennial Hall, $44.8 million;
    • Planning will begin July 01, 2008. The planning and construction should be complete in approximately three years.

The biotechnology building (Centennial Hall, $44.8 million) is expected to be a key component of the "science corridor" on the east side of campus. The building will be the focus of much of JMU's life sciences instruction and research. Dr. Jerry Benson, vice provost for science, technology, engineering and mathematics, said the new building will help solidify JMU's role as a leader in undergraduate research. He also noted that the new facility will be a great complement to the partnership between SRI International, JMU and other Virginia institutions of higher education. 

  • Boiler replacement (phase I) - $6 million;
  • Renovation of the West Wing of Rockingham Memorial Hospital - $2.57 million for detailed planning;
  • Total project - $51.4 million
  • Renovation and expansion of Duke Hall - $250,000 for pre-planning;
  • Total project - $43.7 million
  • Performing Arts Center - $4.7 million;
  • Last Hospital payment from the Commonwealth - $8.6 million.

Non-General funds approved include the following projects: 

  • Bridgeforth Stadium expansion (phase I) - $40 million;
  • Athletic and recreational fields at Port Republic and Neff - $50 million;
  • Baseball/Softball Complex - $2 million;
  • Hospital (auxiliary space) - $10 million;
  • Performing Arts Center - $1.2 million.

For more information contact Don Egle, Director of Public Affairs and University Spokesman at 540-568-5322 or

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Published: Thursday, April 24, 2008

Last Updated: Monday, June 15, 2020

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