- Associated Press - Friday, October 30, 2015

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University announced plans to construct a $28 million research facility to house labs and a wind tunnel.

The Daytona Beach News-Journal reports (https://bit.ly/1MwSJTh ) the university made the announcement Thursday night as it celebrated 50 years in Daytona Beach.

Construction for the Advanced Aerodynamics Laboratory and Wind Tunnel is scheduled to begin January 2016 and is set to be finished September 2017. School officials say the lab could support 300 additional graduate students over the next five years.

University President John Watret says he wants to use the school’s reputation in aviation and aerospace to attract tenants to the new facility.

The university will contribute about $14 million to the project. The state has already allocated another $9 million. Embry-Riddle is requesting an additional $5 million from the legislature.

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Information from: Daytona Beach (Fla.) News-Journal, https://www.news-journalonline.com

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