JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. -

A local company is literally helping build a new fine arts building at East Tennessee State University.

Johnson City-based General Shale Brick announced Tuesday morning they are donating 250,000 bricks toward the $38 million project.

The university has been planning this addition for many years. The state approved $1.5 million for planning purposes earlier in 2014.

ETSU must raise $9 million locally; so far the campaign has generated more than $6 million.

Brick donations are nothing new for General Shale, -- the company has given ETSU more than a million bricks over the past few years.