Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Ongoing renovation projects continue to support Chillicothe Campus functions and operations


Renovations will provide an enhanced entrance to Shoemaker Center.

Several campus renovation projects have been underway this summer to support Chillicothe Campus operations and position the campus for fall semester 2014 and beyond.

PHYSICAL RENOVATIONS

The most visible undertaking involves the pedestrian bridge on the upper level of the Shoemaker Center. Because of wear and tear, the structure has been supported by braces since May. The current undertaking will result in a span that is functional and an attractive landmark on campus as well as provide safer and better entrances to the Shoemaker Center.

The new bridge will be covered and/or heated, depending on costs. The bridge is visible from various locations on campus, and the new structure’s appearance will allow it to serve as an attractive focal point of campus with brick architecture and other features that complement the rest of campus.

Additionally, the upper and lower entrances to Shoemaker Center will be reconfigured to extend the glass portions, adding to the safety and aesthetics of the building, which is heavily used by both campus and community members.

The project is currently in the design and development phase. Once the design is completed, construction is slated to begin in November with completion scheduled for April 2015.

Also, the Emergency Response Training Center (ERTC) is being renovated and will reopen with a ceremony at 11 a.m. on Sept. 11. The 7-acre site is located on Pohlman Road, next to the Technology and Business Development Center.

The rappelling tower is now operational, and fire training facilities have been renovated.

Efforts to revitalize the ERTC have been underway with key stakeholders since September 2013, with input from representatives of area business and industry, educational institutions, fire departments, air and ground ambulance services, police, sheriff, emergency management and related first responders.

The ERTC has the potential to serve as a valuable asset for the area and supports OU-C’s mission of serving its region by providing a training site and instructors for the training of area first responders, as well as area businesses and industries.

Also, the kitchen floor in the Child Development Center has been refurnished and should not need further renovations.

TECHNOLOGY AND INFRASTRUCTURE UPGRADES

A 14-station computer lab has been created in the Technology and Business Development Center, offering better technology access to students taking classes in that building.  A laptop cart with 24 computers will also be available for use in the facility for specialized assignments.

Further, a temporary computer lab is being established in Bennett Hall room 34. The lab will be used primarily in support of Ohio Learning Network classes that allow for integrated learning opportunities across the university’s regional campuses.

Also, new computers have been installed in the Bennett Hall 271, 272 and 273 computer labs.

Along that same line of technological improvements, a new electrical feed is being installed in Bennett Hall, which should help to alleviate the occasional glitches and power outages in the building.

Further, the leak in the gas line feeding the Shoemaker Center has been identified and patched, restoring service to Shoemaker.

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