ATHENS, Ohio (July 6, 2006) -- Ground was broken for a construction project in May 2005. One year and many bricks in the wall later, the Lancaster Campus has a new front door. Campus and community members will celebrate with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Wednesday, July 12, at 3:30 p.m.
Brasee Hall, the campus' first building, was constructed in 1968 and oriented to Rt. 37. However, most students and guests enter from the large parking lot on the north side of the Campus. The renovated space in Brasee Hall features an information desk where visitors will be greeted, easy access to the campus bookstore and a highly visible entrance to the Hannah McCauley Library.
Principals from the architectural firm of Miller/Watson spent a great deal of time studying the campus to understand how the space is utilized and how it could better serve students and guests. The new space features:
- a bi-level lobby with a vending area and gathering space on the second level
- a new, highly visible Information Desk
- a theatre vestibule for light and sound lock
- a more accessible, brighter library entrance
- space for the bookstore, which will relocate from the lower level of Brasee Hall
- a lobby area for the gymnasium
Outside, the trip from the parking lot to the entrance will be safer with improved drainage and sidewalks. The traffic light at College Avenue and Rt. 37 makes the north area the safer passage, and campus officials encourage students to use this lot.
The project, which cost about $1 million, was funded through State of Ohio capital improvement monies.
During the groundbreaking ceremony, President Roderick McDavis stressed the importance of regional campuses in delivering affordable, accessible education. He also viewed the renovation as further evidence of the support for higher education in the local community, saying, "This is a clear indication of the health of the university."
Most students have not complained about walking around construction for a year, but the consensus is, "We're ready. Show us the new space."
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