The $20 million John P. Murtha Center for Public Service and National Competitiveness project at Pitt-Johnstown is the largest of the 17 E&G projects. It is to be paid for using $10 million in commonwealth funding, $4 million in gifts/other funding and $6 million in auxiliary debt.
The project is a restructuring of an earlier plan to construct a building along Kunk’s Drive near Krebs Hall and the Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center that was to include classrooms, meeting spaces, museum and archival space, administrative offices, a memorial garden and parking. (See March 22, 2012, University Times.)
Details on the new project at UPJ were unavailable because a deal between Pitt and the John P. Murtha Foundation has yet to be finalized, said John Fedele, senior associate director of news.
Murtha, a UPJ alumnus, served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1974 until his death in 2010.
In 2010 the Murtha family established the Murtha Foundation to raise funds for the UPJ center. The foundation’s assets totaled $733,381, according to its 2012 federal tax return.
The Murtha family also selected Pitt as the repository for Murtha’s papers. Fedele said the collection is being processed and will be housed at the University Library System’s Thomas Boulevard location.
via University Times