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Owens Community College Unveils Drawings For New Findlay-area Campus
FINDLAY - Continuing to move forward with the relocation of the Findlay-area Campus, Owens Community College recently unveiled renderings depicting the future state-of-art facility. The architectural drawings for the new complex were designed by the firms' The Collaborative Inc. of Toledo and Rooney, Clinger, Murray Architects of Findlay.
According to Chuck Mann, Owens Vice President of Business Affairs, the next step in the construction process will be to submit the building plans to the state of Ohio Architect's Office for review, with final approval by the Board of Trustees.
To accommodate the record number of students enrolled on the existing Findlay-area Campus, Owens within the past year purchased 60 acres for the purpose of constructing a new Findlay-area Campus. Located 1.5 miles east of Interstate 75, the land is at the convergence of Township Road 212 and Bright Road, near Exit 161.
"The College expects to break ground and begin preliminary infrastructure work on the site this summer," Mann said. "Our goal is to have Phase I of the new Owens Findlay-area Campus ready for students by Fall Semester 2005."
During the 2002-03 academic year over 4,800 students attended classes at Owens Findlay-area Campus, which is located at the corner of Cory and Davis streets in Findlay. Owens enrollment for Summer Semester is currently up 24 percent.
Phase I of the Owens Findlay-area Campus initial project, which will cost approximately $17.5 million, will be to install the infrastructure and to construct a 100,000 square foot Education Center and a stand-alone $250,600 grant funded Child Care Center of 2,400 square feet. The infrastructure will include utilities, parking lots and roadways.
The interior of the Education Center will consist of advanced technology classrooms, technical laboratories and computer laboratories, as well as student services areas, which will include a Bursar's Office, Records Office, Financial Aid Office and Enrollment Services Office. The exterior of the building will be Beldon brick and glass with the Owens Community College signature red metal roof.
Phase II construction, which will cost approximately $8 million, will consist of a 75,000 square foot support services building addition and the Center for Development and Training. The building also will include additional classrooms and laboratories, as well as a support area dedicated for maintenance facilities.
Owens Community College is the fastest-growing higher educational institution in Northwest Ohio with 24 consecutive semesters of enrollment increases. On the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, Owens serves more than 38,000 credit and non-credit students making it the number one choice for new college students. Owens is committed to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability. Owens Community College offers over 130 program areas in Agriculture, Business, Fine and Performing Arts, 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.