This month, the college will begin the design of one of its facility priorities: the new science building in Wooster. The project will provide a new home for entomology research in Wooster, new multipurpose teaching labs for Ohio State ATI, and shared multifunction rooms for teaching and presentations. This project also will include new or renovated food service space for improved campus life on the Wooster Campus as well as significant infrastructure improvements. Total project estimate is currently indicated at $33.5 million.
This project is more than a building, as it will support the “one-campus” vision to improve collaborations among CFAES researchers, educators, and extension specialists. The new building will promote greater opportunities of collaborative research in molecular biology through its proximity to Selby Hall, which houses plant pathology research and the Molecular-Cellular Imaging Center with state-of-the-art bioinformatics infrastructure. Collocation of programs will facilitate unique opportunities for Ohio State ATI’s undergraduate lab experiences through interactions with researchers.
After the new facility is occupied, the college plans to demolish entomology’s current location, the 100-year-old Thorne Hall Complex.
The project design team includes Hasenstab Architects Inc., Sasaki Associates Inc., and Karpinski Engineering. The construction manager is Elford Construction Inc.