Dedicating the New Science & Engineering Building
August 1st opening seen as transformative for the campus, and science and engineering education
The Ohio State University at Marion welcomed the campus community, alumni, donors, the media, and the general public to the official ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony of their new 32,000 square foot Science and Engineering Building, Tuesday, August 1, 2017 at 9:30 a.m. on the Marion campus.
Following the welcome and introductions by Dean and Director, Gregory S. Rose, Computer Science and Engineering major Ruksana Kabealo of Marysville, Ohio, gave a student perspective on the new facility. President of The Ohio State University, Dr. Michael Drake addressed those in attendance.
The building, which opens for classes during the upcoming autumn semester, features research labs for faculty in each discipline, faculty/student collaboration spaces, and new biology, chemistry, earth science, engineering, and teaching labs. In addition, a special time walk throughout the building traces earth’s history, and mammoth bones excavated by campus faculty and students in 1976 are also on permanent display.
According to Dean and Director, Gregory S. Rose, the building moves Ohio State Marion forward in a transformative way. “It will support our 4 year biology degree program, more courses in the engineering curriculum, and vastly improve facilities for science courses taken by all students this coming semester and well into the future,” said Rose.
Donors to the $15.5 million project were honored for their investment in STEM education. The Science and Engineering Building is the 8th free standing building constructed on the Marion campus. Science labs and classrooms were previously located on the third floor of Morrill Hall, which opened in 1968. Campus administration anticipates remodeling and repurposing Morrill Hall’s third floor in summer 2018.
The Science and Engineering Building is equipped with a host of sustainability features, such as: on-demand lighting, computer controlled greenhouse, white roof for energy efficiency, four electric vehicle charging stations, heat recovery from fume hoods and HVAC, and solar panels that will provide 2-3% of the facilities electricity. All waste materials from construction of were recycled. Ohio State Marion has applied for LEED Silver certification.
The building construction manager was Ruscilli Construction. Ruscilli reported 100% accident free days during construction. Locally sourced brick comes from Glen-Gary Corp., in Iberia, Ohio. The architectural firm responsible design is Stantec Architects.