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Kokosing gift to support asphalt lab in Russ College

ATHENS, Ohio (Feb. 2, 2005) -- A $100,000 commitment from the Kokosing Construction Company to Ohio University will help to construct the National Asphalt Laboratory, a $2.5 million research facility for the Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ College of Engineering and Technology. Kokosing has nearly 30 years of experience in constructing bridges, highways, and concrete and asphalt paving.

"Kokosing Construction Co., Inc. believes in the importance of designing and constructing better highways," says Kokosing President & CEO Brian Burgett. "We look forward to working with Ohio University in this endeavor."

In 2001, 3.9 million miles of highway crisscrossed the United States and carried motorists more than 2.7 trillion miles. Although Ohio has the fourth largest road network in the nation, there currently is no major facility in the state to respond to the challenges of new pavement design concepts, products and materials.

"Kokosing's generous commitment will help Ohio University to achieve its goal of researching and developing extended life pavements that will last up to 50 years," said Gayle Mitchell, director of the Russ College's department of civil engineering. "Asphalt, a major part of the new pavement agenda, offers promising potential. The National Asphalt Laboratory will provide the research base and the infrastructure required to meet the challenge."

The National Asphalt Lab, to be located in Lancaster, Ohio, will enhance the work of the Russ College's Ohio Research Institute for Transportation and the Environment (ORITE) and its Advanced Pavement Load Facility (APLF) - also located in Lancaster.

ORITE conducts basic and applied research and provides service and technology transfer to government agencies, the community, and the private sector. The existing facility and laboratory are state-of-the-art and unique in this region. The APLF develops and researches instrumentation for monitoring asphalt in the field. ORITE also has installed instrumentation to test pavement performance in several Ohio roads including US 23 in Delaware, US 33 in Logan and a new project on WAY 30 in northeast Ohio.

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Media Contact: Assistant Dean for Development in Engineering & Technology Mark Carter, (740) 593-0894, or Director of Development Communication Jennifer Bowie, (740) 597-2987

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