NEWARK, Ohio, May 19, 2016 – The walls have been torn down in what used to be the lobby of Adena Hall on the shared campus of The Ohio State University at Newark and Central Ohio Technical College (COTC). The construction project will renovate about 10,000 square feet of former maintenance and grounds workshops into a state-of-the-art recreation and fitness facility. Construction managers say they are moving right along.
"We are making good progress because there is access for our large equipment through the garage doors on the side of the building," said Hammond Construction Project Superintendent Dave Radalia. "We plan to start foundation work the week of May 23, and we will begin framing new walls the day after Memorial Day."
"When this is complete, it is going to be a huge surprise to students who used the old workout facilities in Adena Hall," said Ohio State Newark and COTC Facilities Superintendent Brian Boehmer. "It's going to be an enormous improvement." The gym and fitness center are free to students, faculty and staff.
The $3.7 million project is being funded by both institutions through state funds.The project includes upgrading the lobby, renovating the corridor leading to the south section of the building and upgrading the fire alarm system. The Newark Campus Development Fund is contributing $150,000 to replace the bleachers in the gymnasium and $120,000 in private funding will be used for new fitness equipment.
Adena Hall was built in 1978. It was the third building constructed on campus. It housed the gym, workout facility, classrooms and faculty offices.
"Once the renovation is complete, there will still be about eight classrooms located in Adena, along with 15 faculty and staff offices," said Boehmer. The entire project should be finished by January, 2017.
A new facilities building was recently dedicated on campus. The construction of that building and the renovation of Adena Hall are part of the long-term Newark Campus Framework Plan that strategically stages construction projects, campus needs and space. 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.