Athens, Ohio Working with The Collaborative, Ohio University is nearing the end of a multi-phase improvement project for the College of Communication. The project began with a conceptual study for renovating and joining two existing buildings, the former Baker University Center and the Radio-Television Building as well as the renovation of a third building, Scripps Hall. After completing the study, OU again teamed with The Collaborative to roll out a two-part renovation project.
Phase I, which is now complete, renovated 94,290 SF of existing space while adding 14,600 SF of new program space, creating departmental offices for the Schools of Journalism and Media Arts along with a new office suite for the Dean of all of the colleges. The facility unites the faculty and staff of the College of Communication, which were previously scattered amongst seven locations on campus.
Phase II, currently under construction, is renovating 114,000 SF of space shelled during Phase I in Schoonover and RTV Buildings. Highlights include 11 classrooms/labs for print, broadcast and web communications, Visual Communication, and Information and Telecommunication Systems office suites, a conference room suite, Listening Lab and Foley Room, 8 small group meeting rooms, computer lounge, professional and student art galleries and 125 faculty/staff offices. Renovations will also include a 135 seat flexible meeting/classroom space along with a 250 seat tiered lecture hall to be used campus wide. Scripps Hall will house a new Grid Lab for computer gaming as well as a new Center of Innovation.
The project is LEED Registered, targeting Silver Certification for New Construction for Phase I and Commercial interiors for Phase II.