Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Ribbon-cutting event scheduled for OU-C Shoemaker Center pedestrian bridge


 A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. on Oct. 7 for the new Shoemaker Center pedestrian bridge at Ohio University-Chillicothe. The event is free, and members of the campus and local communities are welcome to attend.

OU-C Dean Martin Tuck and Chillicothe Mayor Jack A. Everson will speak, and light refreshments will be served in the Shoemaker Center following the ceremony.

The 70-foot-long span includes a steel covering and roof to protect individuals from the elements and reduce the need to apply salt, which can corrode the structure. Further, it has been fitted with laminated glass panels that feature the campus’ name and logo. The bridge is visible from various locations throughout campus and, in this way, serves as an attractive focal point to further OU-C’s appeal.

The original bridge, which connects the Shoemaker Center with the campus upper-level parking lots, was built in 1979 and reinforced in 2005. The current construction project began in mid-November 2014 and was completed this past August. The bridge is used heavily by individuals from the campus and community.

The Shoemaker Center, in addition to its everyday campus-related functions, is used by the Chillicothe community for its walking track, wellness center, attending OU-C men’s and women’s basketball games as well as volleyball matches, various expos and special events. The parking lot served by the pedestrian bridge is a popular parking location to gain easy access to the center for those activities.

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