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UNH Law Earns Final Approval to Build the Franklin Pierce Center for Intellectual Property Addition

The University of New Hampshire School of Law has completed the approval process to build an addition to the Law School. Last night, the Concord, NH, Planning Board gave final approval to the project, which is expected to begin construction in the coming weeks and be ready for occupancy for the 2011 fall semester.

The addition, to be named "The Franklin Pierce Center for Intellectual Property," will afford the school more versatile teaching spaces, as well as greater opportunity to hold symposia and conferences for legal educators and practitioners from around the world. The newly created Franklin Pierce Center for Intellectual Property will build on the pioneering work that has made Franklin Pierce synonymous with Intellectual Property leadership for over 35 years. A national search is underway to name the first Director of the Franklin Pierce Center for Intellectual Property.

According to John Hutson, Dean and President of UNH School of Law, "this addition will provide a striking home for our intellectual property program and reaffirm our commitment to remaining a global hub for the intersection of intellectual property and economic development."

DC Designs Architect Duene Cowan's plans for the 12,700 square foot addition include an event-sized atrium, multiple conference rooms, a large lecture hall, a high tech classroom, and offices for faculty and staff.

In order to address neighborhood concerns, UNH School of Law will implement a variety of methods to mitigate parking congestion in the area, including striping parking spaces on selected streets; instituting a Ride Share/Car Pool incentive program for students; re-scheduling classes to make the use of campus facilities more consistent through the week; and requiring parking stickers for students, faculty, and staff to better monitor and report parking violations. Although the addition will increase the school’s square footage, there are no plans for increasing the school’s student population.