State Releases Nearly 8.3 Million To Ohio State Lab Renovation, Stinziano Says

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio State University will receive $8.297 million in state funds to help renovate Smith Lab thanks to action Monday by the State Controlling Board, state Rep. Michael Stinziano says.

Smith Lab is at 174 W. 18th Ave. right in the heart of the OSU campus. According to Ohio State, among the departments housed there are the Anthropology, Astronomy, Film Studies, Physics and Public Health departments and the Engineering Experiment Station.

Without comment, the Controlling Board approved releasing the funds to Ohio State to contract with Westerville-based Gilbane Building Co. to be the construction manager at risk for the project.

“I’m pleased that Ohio State will get the funds it needs to make the needed improvements at this critical facility on campus,” said Stinziano.

Smith Lab was built in 1949 with additions built on to it in 1957 and 1967.

According to state documents, the current project will upgrade the Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning system and switch gear in Smith Lab. The upgrade will provide chilled water from the central chiller plant including all piping, connections and equipment.

Gilbane was the successful firm among 12 that submitted proposals to do the work, according to state documents.

In other business, the Controlling Board also approved:

  1. Releasing $76,464 and $12,400, separately, to Ohio State for the Ohio Supercomputer Center Expansion Project.
  2. Releasing $52,503 to Ohio State to purchase research equipment from E.A. Fischione in Pennsylvania for the "Research training through the Center for Electron Microscopy and Analyis" project.

Made up of six state lawmakers and a representative of the governor's office, the State Controlling Board has the final say over some of the state's large spending projects.