The oldest and largest building on The Ohio State University
at Newark and Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) shared
campus will undergo a complete renovation, renewing the
structure’s lifespan and allowing both institutions to meet the
needs of students throughout the 21st century.
The $23 million project will transform Founders Hall, a
90,200-square-foot building constructed in 1968, into a modern,
welcoming facility emphasizing openness and natural light. With
an increased focus on high-quality teaching, learning and
co-curricular environments, the renovated facility will become an
inviting location for study and engagement, offering a multitude
of exciting future possibilities.
Upon completion of the renovation anticipated in the summer of
2024, Founders Hall will be renamed Louella Hodges Reese Hall in
grateful acknowledgment of Lou Reese’s exceptional and enduring
support of the Newark campus and higher education. Whether
through scholarships, capital improvements or programming, Lou
Reese’s deep commitment to improving the campus and community has
never wavered and is a model for all.
The John and Mary Alford Center for Science and Technology
Construction of the new academic building dedicated to science
and technology on the shared campus of The Ohio State University
at Newark and Central Ohio Technical College has been completed.
The $32 million John and Mary Alford Center for Science and
Technology, a three-story, 60,000-square-foot facility, is the
11th building on the shared 200-acre campus. The structure adds
classrooms, science and research labs, student study space and
faculty offices. Faculty moved into their offices in early June
and the two institutions began holding classes in the new
building at the start of autumn semester 2021.
The Advancement Office hosted a public ribbon-cutting ceremony on
Friday, August 13.