The Daily Express

Owens Community College Trustees Review Recommendation for New Findlay Campus Architect

Continuing to move forward with the relocation of the Owens Community College Findlay Campus, the College's administrators, Owens Findlay Planning Council and the State of Ohio Architect's Office reported to the Board of Trustees that the joint partners of Rooney, Clinger, Murray Architects of Findlay and The Collaborative Inc. of Toledo are being recommended as the architectural firms for the new Findlay Campus during their Tuesday meeting at the College's Center for Development and Training in Findlay.

The architectural firms interviewed included Duket, Porter, MacPherson of Toledo and OneSphere of Perrysburg. Presenting as conjunctive partners were Sitzenstock Associates Inc. of Maumee and Peterman Associates Inc. of Findlay, and Rooney, Clinger, Murray Architects and The Collaborative Inc.

"The Owens Community College Findlay Campus has seen tremendous growth of 50 percent over the past seven years," said Christa Adams, Ph.D., President of Owens Community College. "Our phenomenal growth is a testimony that residents of Hancock County welcome this commitment. The construction of the new Owens Findlay Campus will enhance our mission, offering even more educational opportunities to the surrounding communities."

According to Chuck Mann, Owens Vice President of Business Affairs, the next step in the selection process will be to review the prospective architectural firms' technical proposal, which then must be accepted by the State of Ohio Architect's Office and the College, with final approval by the Board of Trustees.

To continue improving service for more students in the Hancock County area, Owens Community College is in the process of purchasing land for its new Findlay Campus. A number of sites are being considered for the new campus, especially along Interstate 75, with a decision to be forthcoming.

This past spring, 2,142 students were enrolled at the Findlay Campus, which is located at the corner of Cory and Davis streets in Findlay. Owens expects to reach 3,000-3,500 students within the next four to six years.

The scope for Phase I of the Owens Findlay Campus project would be to install the infrastructure and to construct a 100,000 square foot education center. The infrastructure will include utilities, parking lots and roadways.

The interior of the building would be primarily instructional, consisting of advanced technology classrooms, technical laboratories, computer laboratories, administrative and faculty offices, as well as temporary locations for a Bookstore, Bursar's Office, Records Office, Admissions/Advising Office, Financial Aid Office, Library and food court/student lounge. The exterior of the building would be Beldon brick, glass plate and Owens Community College signature red metal roof.

In other action, the Trustees also approved temporary appointments of personnel for 63 positions.

The next Board of Trustees meeting will be Tuesday, August 20, 2002 at 12:30 p.m. on the Owens Toledo-area Campus.

Owens Community College is the fastest-growing community college of its size in the nation. On the Toledo-area and Findlay campuses, Owens serves more than 36,000 credit and non-credit students. Owens is committed to providing small classes, personal attention and the lowest tuition in Northwest Ohio. Owens Community College offers over 100 career-oriented programs and majors in Agriculture, Business, Health, Public Service, Skilled Trades, Industrial and Engineering Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor's degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university.

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