LIMA — Ohio State University President Michael Drake toured the new Perry Webb Student Life Building while visiting OSU-Lima Friday.
“This building is a great addition to the campus,” Drake said.
The 15,000 square foot building will serve multiple purposes to students when it officially opens in six months, said Dr. Fabio Leite, Associate Dean. The entrance opens into the main lounge area which will also act as a dinning area. A cafe, market and kitchen area is directly across from the main entrance and a lounge area and three conference rooms are to the right.
The left section of the building is a fitness center, showers and a small gymnasium for yoga lessons and other events, said John Brendel, superintendent of the project for Ruscilli Construction Co. Inc. The unique feature of the building is the lounge floor which is a polished concrete, he said. There are also two gender-neutral restrooms in both sections of the building.
“We have to keep up with the time,” Brendel said.
Leite said the project was 30-45 days ahead of schedule. The original schedule had the building being finished early May, he said. There is hope the project will even come in under budget but final numbers will not be available until after the official opening, Leite said.
“It’s a great feeling to see we’re close to opening and making it accessible to staff and students,” he said. “The one thing campus didn’t have was a place for students to spend time between classes. Students often find support in one another. By providing this space we facilitate that interaction and support.”
Drake said expansions to regional campuses like the Perry Webb Student Life Building improve the services provided to students so they can thrive and excel in their education. He doesn’t view regional campuses like OSU-Lima as separate entities removed from a core campus but as their own unique campuses just as vital as the Columbus campus. Drake said when he is at the Columbus OSU campus he refers to it as the Columbus Regional campus.
“Students who are more engaged are most successful in school and life,” he said. “Engagement really means working with other people and letting your imagination thrive. That will happen here all the time.”
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