Columbus, Ohio (PRWEB) February 26, 2008
Ohio Dominican University will break ground for the Bishop James A. Griffin Student Center.
The groundbreaking ceremony will be Friday, February 29 at 12:30 p.m. on Ohio Dominican's main campus at 1216 Sunbury Road, in the parking lot adjacent to Alumni Hall, on the west side of Sunbury Road.
The groundbreaking and blessing ceremony, which will conclude by 1:00 p.m., will consist of the following:
The explosive growth the university has experienced in student enrollment over the last six years has spurred construction of the center, as well as a new residence hall that is currently under construction and set to open this fall. A new student center was identified as one of the critical facilities required to effectively execute the university's strategic plan, which focuses on increased enrollment of traditional aged students and retention of those students through graduation.
The 82,000-square-foot facility has been designed by architects Moody-Nolan, Inc., and will be built by Messer Construction. The facility is scheduled for completion and open to the ODU community in the Fall of 2009.
A Holistic Approach:
"The Student Center will have its own unique feel, creating a holistic experience that will serve the physical, academic and spiritual needs of the Ohio Dominican student. It will represent 'the living room' of our campus, serving as the focal point for most student activities outside the classroom, and providing a more vibrant community experience for our students, which is central to our mission as a Dominican University," said Bishop Griffin.
A considerable amount of time and energy was put into the architectural design of the new facility, utilizing input and feedback from faculty, staff, the Physical Facilities Committee of the Board of Trustees, and most importantly, students. Very early in the process, ODU students strongly encouraged the university administration to make the Student Center be a place they could call their own…A place where they could go to recreate, study, eat, work out, and socialize.
As a result of their input, university planners and architects designed a $21 million state-of-the-art gathering and recreational center for both residential and commuter students that will include a variety of amenities:
"Ohio Dominican does more than provide a quality education; it transforms lives. But quality education and the transformative environment require buildings, facilities and resources. This Student Center is vitally important to the future of the university. But at the same time as we break and bless the ground where it will stand, we will celebrate all of the students and graduates of Ohio Dominican who have been transformed by their Catholic and Dominican education," Bishop Griffin added.
Ohio Dominican University is a four-year liberal arts institution, founded in 1911 in the Catholic and Dominican tradition. The university has over 3,000 students and offers undergraduate degrees in 50 majors as well as several graduate degree programs. Ohio Dominican uses a student-centered approach, with a commitment to quality teaching and learning and a number of academic programs of distinction.
Log on to http://www.ohiodominican.edu/studentcenter/default.asp to view floor plans, renderings, and a simulated "fly-through" of the Bishop James A. Griffin Student Center.