University Receives $1.18 Million Ohio Department of Development Grant

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Ohio Dominican University (ODU) has received a $1,181,900 Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant from the Ohio Department of Development. The grant was provided through the U.S. Department of Energy’s American Reinvestment and Recovery Act. These funds will be used for the energy efficiency retrofit of the university’s original science building, St. Albert Hall.

“Education is our greatest investment and this grant will enable us to provide the best quality science environment for our students,” said ODU President Peter Cimbolic, Ph.D. Once completed, St. Albert Hall will be home to the university’s Physician Assistant, Psychology, Computer Science, Environmental Science and Environmental Studies programs.

The grant is allocated specifically for HVAC and lighting energy efficiency improvements. The total cost for the HVAC and lighting project is $1,597,293.60. The difference --$415,393.60 -- will be raised by the university. The renovation project designers are BHDP Architects and construction management will be provided by Messer Construction. Seventeen jobs will be created and 16 jobs will be retained in construction and project management through this grant. Ohio Dominican will begin the energy efficiency project this fall, with scheduled completion in May 2012.

The project is part of a larger undertaking to renovate St. Albert Hall at a total cost of $3.4 million. When completed, St. Albert Hall will have three levels spanning 22,000 square feet and feature a clinical lab, cadaver lab, psychology lab, environmental science lab, lecture hall, computer science classroom, greenhouse, five general classrooms, two collaboration rooms, and a lounge. Students, faculty and clinical professionals in ODU’s new Physician Assistant master’s degree program will utilize space in the north of the building.

In August 2010, ODU opened a new science center, Battelle Hall, which supports the university’s biology and chemistry programs. “Together, Battelle Hall and St. Albert Hall will serve as a strong foundation for ODU’s faculty to facilitate new teaching strategies; promote collaborative learning and research; and infuse technology that enriches learning through an innovative new teaching method called project-based learning,” said Cimbolic. The university is embracing the challenge to address a national crisis in science and mathematics education. ODU is an affiliated research partner with the Ohio STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Learning Network, an initiative underwritten by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the State of Ohio, and Battelle, with the goal of transforming science and mathematics education using project-based learning strategies.