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Published 4/5/2005

Owens Selects Architect For Phase II Fire and Police Training Center for Homeland Security Construction

Owens Community College continues forward with second phase construction for a new Fire and Police Training Center for Homeland Security by selecting the state-of-the-art facility’s architect. The architectural firm of Sitzenstock/Associates Inc. in Maumee has been chosen for the Phase II planning and eventual construction oversight of the future complex.

The Board of Trustees approved the architectural firm’s technical proposal earlier today at their regularly scheduled meeting.

“Providing area police, fire and emergency services personnel with the highest level in real-world, scenario training plays a critical role in ensuring America’s safety and protection,” said Dr. Paul Unger, Provost of Owens Community College. “This new training facility will greatly expand our educational capabilities and position Owens as the regional training leader for thousands of first responders in Ohio and beyond.”

Provost Unger added, “With the pending completion of Phase I, the excitement among first responders continues to build as they look forward to utilizing the Center’s innovative training opportunities in the near future.”

Recognized as a leader in designing state-of-the-art facilities throughout Northwest Ohio, Sitzenstock/Associates Inc. is responsible for the renovations and additions to several buildings on the College’s Toledo-area Campus, including Administration Hall, College Hall and the Center for Development and Training. Additionally, the architectural firm oversaw the planning of Owens’ Audio/Visual Classroom Center. Within the surrounding communities, Sitzenstock/Associates Inc. designed the Kingston Residence of Perrysburg and the Medical College of Ohio’s hospital dining facility.

Owens Community College has been at the forefront in providing educational training to local police and safety forces for over three decades. In 2004, the College broke ground for a new $25 million Fire and Police Training Center for Homeland Security.

Phase I of Owens’ initial project is nearing completion and includes installing an infrastructure of water lines, gas lines, roads and parking lots, a driving pad, security fencing, and fiber-optic cable.

According to Chuck Mann, Owens Senior Vice President of Business Affairs, infrastructure work on Phase I is progressing well and the College expects to complete the project by this coming summer. “I anticipate Phase II construction to begin in the next few months with a completion date slated for spring of 2006.”

The Phase II construction will feature a burn building, a vehicle fire prop and a reconstructed gas station. Additional phases will consist of an emergency operations center, a command and simulation center, a mock city and a variety of other simulation scenarios, including a fuel spill prop, rail and truck hazmat props, and a fire behavior lab area with a flashover container prop.

The Center will also include Ohio’s Third Frontier Network – the nation’s most advanced fiber-optic network for research, education and economic development. An initiative of the Ohio Board of Regents, the network at Owens will allow area fire and police departments to conduct exercises, via distance learning, on a variety of simulated terrorist incidents, emergency hazards and natural disasters.

The College currently offers associate degrees and certificate programs in Fire Science Technology, Criminal Justice Technology, Emergency Medical Management, Emergency Management and Planning, and Public Safety Communications. Courses offered within the public safety and emergency preparedness curricula include: criminal law and procedure, patrol operations, crime scene processing, fire fighting tactics and command, hazardous materials, fire inspection principles, and first responder. Owens also has a longstanding partnership with both Toledo Police and Fire Departments, serving as the training site for the two organizational academies.

Owens Community College is one of the fastest-growing higher educational institutions in Ohio. On the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, Owens serves more than 45,000 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, and 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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