McCracken Hall

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Patton College of Education to host McCracken Hall ribbon cutting on Jan. 27


The Ohio University Gladys W. and David H. Patton College of Education’s Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the recently renovated and expanded McCracken Hall is 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27.

The ceremony will feature comments from many people, including Board of Trustees Chair David Wolfort, Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis and Patton College Dean Renée A. Middleton.

The $32.8 million renovation was McCracken’s first one since it was built in 1959. The project increased the building’s square feet from 66,000 to 100,500 and added an extra floor (now four floors) and a four-story addition.

The expansion allows the building to house two additional Patton College departments, Human and Consumer Sciences as well as Recreation and Sport Pedagogy.

A few of the other highlights of the building’s renovation and expansion include:

  • Rainfall that is traditionally routed into the municipal storm water drainage system is now collected and distributed into the green roof’s growing medium.
  • LED interior lighting uses about 40 percent less energy than the building code minimum and reduces cooling demand by minimizing the lighting heat output. Half of the electricity used in the building is generated using renewable energy sources such as wind and solar.
  • Green space and historic trees were preserved and 44 new trees were planted. The green space of the project is more than double the total footprint of the building.
  • The project was able to reuse much of the original infrastructure, including more than 90 percent of the original exterior walls and roof and floor structures. About 70 percent of the existing clay roof tile was able to be salvaged and new tiles were purchased from the original manufacturer in New Lexington, Ohio. Original brick was also salvaged from demolished exterior walls and reused to match damaged areas in remaining walls.
  • Shower and changing facilities were added to the building and more bicycle racks were installed to accommodate cyclists.   
  • The green roof and outdoor terrace will be used as an outdoor classroom and for informal gatherings and special events.

Faculty and staff were able to move into the building in January and the first classes were held on Jan. 9, the first day of spring semester.

The ribbon cutting is free and open to the public and refreshments will be served.