$23 million renovation planned at Ohio State Newark/COTC

| June 21, 2021

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.

The institutions have already secured $12 million in private gifts for the project and will be pursuing an additional $2 million in private gifts over the next year.

In addition to their co-location on the Newark campus, the institutions share services. While the governance, mission, curriculum and faculty of each institution remain autonomous, many administrative and student support offices are shared. Through this unique partnership, both institutions realize cost savings and efficiencies by sharing facilities, administrative services and employees.

The two institutions are currently exploring a move-out timeline of summer 2022 for the building to be vacated, with construction planned to begin in early 2023 and project completion in early summer 2024.

Upon completion of the renovation, 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.

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