Groundbreaking Ceremony Held in Spite of Cold
March 3, 2015 – Newark, OH -- An estimated 70 people braved the single-digit temperatures on Tuesday, February 24th, at 10:00 a.m., to witness the official groundbreaking ceremony for the Facilities Operations Building at The Ohio State University at Newark (Ohio State Newark) and Central Ohio Technical College (COTC). Following the ceremony, attendees heard comments from campus administrators inside the LeFevre Hall gallery.
“The development of this new building is aligned with the Newark Campus Framework Plan, which includes plans to further develop that part of the campus,” stated Brian Boehmer, Superintendent of Facilities and Operations. This will be the first building constructed in what is considered the ‘south meadow’ of the campus.
The 15,000 square-foot facility will replace approximately 9,000 square feet of grounds-maintenance operations currently located in Adena Hall. The framework plan includes future expansion of Adena to allow for recreation, health/wellness amenities and other anticipated campus needs.
According to Boehmer, the new Facilities Operations building will house maintenance trades (mechanical, plumbing, electrical and carpentry) and grounds operations (shop areas, tool/equipment storage, service bays) as well as general campus storage, a conference room, locker rooms, and a Facilities staff break room. “The campus intends to seek LEED certification for the project, in keeping with our commitment to sustainability,” stated Boehmer.
The construction is expected to cost approximately $3.65 million, which is supported through state and local funding and expenses are shared between Ohio State Newark and COTC.
Construction is scheduled to be complete by December of this year. The architect of record is JBA Architects, the design architect is Acock and Associates, and the construction manager is Robertson Construction.
Left photo (l to r): Nikolina Sevis (Senior Project Manager, OSU Facilities Operations and Development), Brian Boehmer (Superintendent of Facilities, Ohio State Newark/COTC) Rob Montagnese (Board of Trustees, COTC), Bonnie L. Coe, Ph.D. (President, COTC), Mike Henderson (JBA Architects), William L. MacDonald, Ph.D. (Dean/Director, Ohio State Newark), Christian Robertson (President, Robertson Construction)
Right photo: Staff members of The Department of Facilities Planning and Operations participate in the groundbreaking for the new Facilities Operations Building. L to R: Art Ghiloni, Dave Dowell, Bryan Woolard, Kyle Lumbatis, Bo Courson, Dan Longstreth, Dave Mettler, Jolene Reynolds, Matt Nice, Andrew Moran