New design team for Rhodes State project

By Sam Shriver -

LIMA — Some changes have been made in Rhodes State College’s plans to move to downtown Lima.

The Rhodes State College’s board of trustees, decided Tuesday to switch architects for the project.

Board members unanimously approved dropping BHDP Architecture and hiring Munger Munger and Associates Architects, Inc. out of Toledo for work on the Center for Health Science Education and Innovation.

The contract was worth $1,129,850.

There was no discussion during the meeting of why the board took this action.

“The board of trustees for the college, as well as myself as chair, have a fiduciary responsibility to the college and to the community to make sure that we have the most efficient and most effective contract for our building. I think that’s what went into the decision,” said Dr. Wilfred Ellis, board chair.

Ellis would not elaborate on what factors made the move necessary.

There are questions on whether changing design teams now will delay the project.

“It’s early on, so we shouldn’t be set back, and Munger and Munger, the architectural firm, is familiar with the contract and they’re familiar with the design as well as with our community. In certain ways, this may be a godsend, which will help us in terms of moving the building project along,” said Ellis.

For those expecting groundbreaking this year, that has been pushed back.

“We expect to break ground next year, probably August or September, somewhere thereabouts, and we hope to have the building project finished by December 2020,” said Ellis.

Previous estimates The Lima News has reported indicated the project would be finished in the fall of 2020.

The $20 million building project is expected to bring 500 students to the city’s downtown.

The nursing programs currently at the Rhodes State campus should be expanding into the new downtown building once it’s constructed. Other programs should follow as well, depending on the ultimate design of the building.

By Sam Shriver

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