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Published 6/21/2005

Owens Community College Selects Architect For Phase II Findlay-area Campus Construction

Phase II Findlay-area Campus Concept Plan FINDLAY - Owens Community College continues forward with second phase construction for the new Findlay-area Campus by selecting the state-of-the-art facility's architect. The architectural firm of Rooney, Clinger, Murray Architects in Findlay has been chosen to design the future complex.

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

"Owens Community College Findlay-area Campus is committed to providing each student with access to a high quality education," said Judy Ennis, Owens executive dean of the Findlay-area Campus. "Constructing new state-of-the-art facilities will enable Owens to offer even more educational opportunities as the College continues to meet the needs of the Hancock County region."

Ennis added, "Owens is proud to be working with such a well-respected organization as Rooney, Clinger, Murray Architects," she said. "They did an exceptional job in designing phase one of the new Findlay-area Campus. I expect phase two to highlight many of the same architectural elements which make the recently completed Findlay-area Campus a modern design landmark among educational facilities."

Recognized as a regional leader in architecture, Rooney, Clinger, Murray Architects engages in a variety of project initiatives, which includes designing state-of-the-art industrial, institutional and commercial facilities, including phase one of the College's $17.7 million new Findlay-area Campus and a stand-alone $536,761 Child Care Center. Additionally within the surrounding communities, the architectural firm oversaw the planning of St. Michael's Church and Educational and Formation Center, Weinbrenner Seminary, Hancock Federal Credit Union, and Findlay Orthodontics.

Phase two construction, which will cost approximately $3.9 million, will consist of an estimated 33,000 square foot academic services building, highlighted by a student activities center. The building also will include classrooms and laboratories for corporate and community education, as well as offices and a tiered lecture/conference center.

According to Ennis, the College expects to move forward in 2006 with phase two Findlay-area Campus construction. "Our intent is to complete the additional Owens Findlay-area Campus building by the summer of 2007," she stated.

In 2003, Owens celebrated 20 years of providing higher education within the surrounding Hancock County region by breaking ground for a new Findlay-area Campus. Owens has outgrown the existing Findlay-area Campus, which opened with 201 students in 1983 and currently serves more than 5,500 credit and non-credit students annually. By 2007, the Findlay-area Campus enrollment is projected to grow by another 37 percent to more than 7,500 students.

The College's new 119,407 gross square foot instructional center will provide expanded choices in academic opportunities, highlighted by a library addition, 41 advanced technology classrooms, 28 technical and computer laboratories, as well as student services areas. Included in the new student service areas will be a Bursar's Office, Records Office, Financial Aid Office and Enrollment Services Office.

Owens Findlay-area Campus' Child Care Center will include two classrooms specifically intended to encourage learning and nurturing. Additionally, the 2,990 square-foot building will include an art studio, a warming kitchen, a lunch room, an office, a children's restroom and an adult restroom. A new outdoor playground area will also be constructed and designed to heighten each child's cognitive learning and physical development.

The new 60-acre campus, which is located at 3200 Bright Road on Findlay's northeast side, will open its doors for Fall Semester classes beginning on Monday, August 22.

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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