Campus investing in safety, security, and savings

News Release Date: 
08.17.11

Energy efficient lighting, repaving, and new prairie shelter house
top the list of infrastructure improvements taking place this summer

The Ohio State University at Marion is investing in new energy efficient lighting in campus parking lots 1 & 2, as well as the west drive into central campus. 

According to Marion Campus Facilities Director, Ron Turner, the new energy efficient light fixtures will provide substantial cost savings and light parking lots better than the previous fixtures.  The poles along the west drive of campus are all new installments, providing improved lighting for those who travel the road that leads to lots 1, 2, & 3 on the west side of campus.   

Converse Electric of Grove City, Ohio was awarded the contract to do the electrical work.  Repaving will be completed by Shelly & Sands of Mansfield, Ohio after the lighting project is completed.

Parking lots 1 & 2 will be repaved upon completion of installing new wiring, bases, and light poles.  Repaving of the campus entrance road and parking lot 6 on the east side of campus, a joint project with Marion Technical College, is also planned. 

Turner anticipates work to be completed before autumn quarter classes are in session, Wednesday, September 21.

In addition to the new light fixture installments and repaving projects, the Prairie Shelter House at the Larry R. Yoder Prairie Nature Center is currently under construction after it was destroyed by fire in 2005.  The new structure is due for completion this fall.  Power is being run to the Marion Campus Prairie.

Columbus Sign Company was recently chosen as the contractor for the long awaited new campus identifier sign, which will include a full color graphic display to promote campus events and information to those traveling the retail sector of SR 95.  A date to begin work on the project has yet to be determined.