NEWARK, Ohio, May 5, 2016 – The dedication of the new Facilities Operations Building on the shared campus of Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) and The Ohio State University at Newark Wednesday (May 4) morning celebrated the continued growth of the campus and the hard work of its valued employees. The 15,000 square foot building is now home to the landscape and maintenance teams, providing them with updated office space, workshops, meeting space, secured vehicle and equipment storage, and break facilities.
“This is absolutely wonderful,” said COTC President Bonnie L. Coe, Ph.D. “You probably think we are celebrating a building; but in my opinion, we are celebrating our people. A big part of the beauty of our campus is our facilities, groundskeeping and maintenance teams.”
Ground was broken on the $3.65 million project in February 2015. The project was financially supported through both institutions with state and local funding.
“This building is another great example of the cost-shared relationship between COTC and Ohio State Newark,” said Coe. “The relationship has allowed us to do more and do better.”
Construction of the building is part of the long-term Newark Campus Framework Plan that strategically stages construction projects, campus needs and space. The new facilities building was the first constructed on what’s being called the “South Meadow“ of the campus. The building includes energy efficient materials and design. The campus is seeking a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.
“This dedication is a culminating event for this building,” said Coe. “However, the growth never ends on your campus, and that is a wonderful thing.”
Renovation work is underway on Adena Hall to add recreational space and a health/wellness center. A new residence hall will also be constructed on campus. It’s scheduled to open in the autumn semester of 2017.
Central Ohio Technical College and The Ohio State University at Newark have forged an outstanding array of educational opportunities for the central Ohio region and beyond. This partnership is viewed as a model for higher education in the state of Ohio. At Central Ohio Technical College, students gain hands-on, applicable experience to begin working in the field, or to transfer those credits toward a bachelor's degree program. The Ohio State University at Newark offers an academic environment that’s challenging but supportive with world-renowned professors and access to Ohio State’s more than 200 majors.