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McCracken Hall Renovation

Patton College of Education’s newly renovated McCracken Hall

Building expanded by more than 34,000 square feet

McCracken Hall Renovated







From May 2015 through December 2016, The Patton College’s McCracken Hall underwent a $32.8 million renovation, the first 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 (made the fourth-floor attic into useable space) and a four-story addition. The extra square footage enabled two of the College’s newest departments—Human and Consumer Sciences and Recreation and Sport Pedagogy—to join the Teacher Education, Counseling and Higher Education, and Educational Studies Departments all under one roof.

The project was made possible largely through OHIO alumna Violet L. Patton's generous financial commitment to the college in 2010. 

A dedication ceremony was held on Friday, Jan. 27, 2017. The ceremony featured comments from many different University representatives, including Board of Trustees Chair David Wolfort, Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis and Patton College Dean Renée A. Middleton.

President McDavis, a Patton College alumnus, said he is truly in awe and is proud to say that the building has finally entered the 21st century.

“From meeting spaces to state-of-the-art classrooms, from the green roof to the outdoor terrace, the new McCracken Hall has just about anything you could want from a modern university building,” President McDavis said.

President McDavis said McCracken Hall has profoundly impacted his life and career path.

“I have a very personal connection to McCracken’s past, and I’m very happy to be connected to its future as an alumnus,” he said.

Dr. Renée Middleton, dean of The Patton College said, “Ultimately, we are not defined by the size or splendor of our building; we are defined by the innovation, collaboration and dedication that occurs inside of it and extends outward. I am proud of our past, but I could not be more excited for our future.” 

Here are links to videos documenting progress from the Groundbreaking Ceremony to the Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony!


McCracken Hall before Renovation with Rainbow
Groundbreaking Ceremony
McCracken Hall Construction
Documentary and Time Lapse of the Renovation of McCracken Hall
McCracken from the Back
Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony (full program)
McCracken Hall at Dusk
Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony (recap)

Naming Rights and Legacy Leaf:
Leave your legacy in McCracken Hall! Opportunities to purchase a legacy leaf for between $500 and $2,500 that will be featured on the wall next to the Patton tree on the first floor of the renovated building. Contact Tim Binegar for more information at