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Published 11/5/2003
Owens Recommends General Contractor For New Findlay-area Campus

Owens Community College continues forward with the construction of its new Findlay-area Campus by selecting the state-of-the-art facility’s general contractor. The firm of Charles Construction Services Inc. in Findlay has been recommended by the state of Ohio Architect’s Office to build the future complex.

The next step in the construction process will be for Owens’ Board of Trustees to review and approve the general contractor recommendation during their November meeting.

“Owens Community College is committed to providing Findlay area residents the maximum amount of academic opportunities combined with unmatched affordability,” said Brian Paskvan, Owens Interim Executive Dean of the Findlay-area Campus. “Our mission is to ensure that each individual has access to a quality college education. This facility will open new doors for Owens students to pursue their career aspirations.”

According to Paskvan, Charles Construction Services Inc. was recommended to serve as the general contractor following a competitive bid process involving seven companies. “Owens is proud to be working with such a well-respected organization in Northwest Ohio as Charles Construction Services. They are highly-regarded and will do an exceptional job in building our new Findlay-area Campus.”

Recognized as a regional leader in construction, Charles Construction Services Inc. (formerly known as Charles Associates Inc.) engages in a variety of project initiatives, which include new industrial, institutional and commercial construction, as well as renovation, modification or expansion of existing facilities. The organization was responsible for the recent construction of the Birchaven Retirement Village and the Blanchard Valley Regional Cancer Center. Among its other noteworthy projects include the Findlay Family YMCA, University of Findlay’s Frost Science Center and Center for Equine Studies, Tiffin University Gillmore Student Center, the Hancock County Historical Museum and the Findlay Medical Dental.

Charles Construction Services’ accomplishments include being honored by the Associated Builders and Contractors with consecutive Excellence in Construction awards and named to the “Metal Construction News” list of Top 100 Metal Builders in the United States.

Continuing to enhance educational resources for students in the Hancock County area, the College is engaging in a fundraising initiative to construct a new academic building addition on the future Findlay-area Campus. Owens’ new addition, which is not part of the original Phase I, will feature a Library and eight classrooms. The 16,057 square-foot Library and classrooms will cost $1 million to build.

“Owens’ phenomenal enrollment growth experienced in Findlay shows that the surrounding communities are dedicated to the future of this region,” said Gary Dettling, Owens Vice President of College Advancement. “Securing private contributions for such important educational endeavors are crucial to heightening the College’s enriched learning opportunities through state-of-the-art facilities. The new Library and additional classrooms will have an immediate impact on the Findlay-area Campus.”

More area residents are choosing Owens Community College over any college or university in Northwest Ohio. In Findlay, Owens has 2,623 students attending classes for the fall term. The record-setting fall enrollment is a 6.37 percent increase over the previous year.

Owens Community College recently celebrated 20 years of providing higher education to Northwest Ohio residents by breaking ground for the new Findlay-area Campus.

Scheduled for completion by Fall Semester 2005, the new state-of-the-art educational facility will now feature a Library addition, 41 advanced technology classrooms, 28 technical laboratories and computer laboratories, as well as student services areas. Among the new student service areas will include a Bursar’s Office, Records Office, Financial Aid Office and Enrollment Services Office.

Designed by the firms’ Rooney, Clinger, Murray Architects of Findlay and The Collaborative Inc. of Toledo, the exterior of the building will be comprised of Beldon brick and glass highlighted by Owens Community College’s signature red metal roof.

Phase I of the Owens Findlay-area Campus initial project, which will cost approximately $18.7 million, will be to install the infrastructure and to construct a 119,407 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.

In addition, the state of Ohio Architect’s Office recommended Dimech Services Inc. of Toledo to serve as the Plumbing and Fire Protection Contractor. Vaughn Industries LLC of Carey was recommended for the HVAC and Electrical Contract.

Owens Community College is the fastest-growing higher educational institution in Northwest Ohio with 26 consecutive semesters of enrollment increases. On the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, Owens serves more than 40,000 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.


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