by Public Relations
The village of Cedarville is growing, and the schools in town are getting upgrades. Both Cedarville University and Cedar Cliff Local Schools are in the middle of significant construction and renovation projects.
Cedarville University is constructing a new building, as well as renovating several others. The Health Sciences Center (HSC) will meet the needs of the pharmacy and nursing departments, as well as free up space in the current Engineering Nursing and Science (ENS) building. The HSC is crucial for students' professional training and is required for ACPE accreditation. To date, the University has raised nearly $9 million toward the campaign goal of $14 million.
“The Hill,” a group of men’s dorms, is being retrofitted. “The renovation was needed in order to maintain this facility at a comparable level with the other residence halls,” said Rod Johnson, vice president for operations at Cedarville University. “It was the only major residence hall without air conditioning; it had a significant amount of wasted space and was in great need of an overhaul.”
The three main buildings on “The Hill,” Rogers, Marshall and Carr, are being gutted and formatted into one building. “Marshall and Carr are being connected by a central 2-story lounge with vaulted ceilings and an atrium feel and a deck with a grill outside,” explained Johnson. “Rogers and Marshall are being connected by an enclosed stairway that will allow residents of all three buildings to get to any of the other buildings without going outside. All three buildings—yes, they will still be known as ‘Rogers,’ ‘Marshall’ and ‘Carr’—are being converted from unit-style to hall-style residence halls with all new restrooms, plumbing, electric, air conditioning, etc. Literally everything behind the exterior brick and the existing firewalls will be brand new.”
Across the street from the University, Cedar Cliff Local Schools is putting up a $25 million K-12 building, funded in part by the Ohio Schools Facilities Commission (OFSC). The OFSC administers the state’s public school construction program by helping school districts to fund, plan, design and build or renovate schools. “The fact that there is state money available is exciting for our district,” said David Baits, Ph.D, superintendent of Cedar Cliff Local Schools.
The school was in need of more spacious rooms for science labs, the arts and the library and media center. These needs will be met in the new building with modern science labs and more spacious rooms for other classes. The new building will also be air conditioned, which is a much needed improvement.
Both schools are aiming for a LEED certification level of silver with their new construction, a goal that means the buildings will utilize renewable materials and will be energy-efficient.
Despite some early delays, all construction is on track to be completed on time, with “The Hill” to be move-in ready for students in August 2011, the HSC to be completed in the fall of 2012 and the K-12 school to be finished in December 2012.
Located in southwest Ohio, Cedarville University attracts 3,200 undergraduate, graduate, and online students to more than 100 areas of study. Cedarville is a Christ-centered learning community recognized nationally for rigorous academic programs, strong graduation and retention rates, accredited professional and health science offerings, and leading student satisfaction ratings. Visit the University online at www.cedarville.edu.