STATE APPROVES RELEASE OF MORE THAN $6 MILLION FOR OSU IMPROVEMENTS

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State University will receive $6.04 million in unreleased state funds and $4,000 in previously released funds for its Kottman Hall Renovation project, thanks to State Controlling Board approval Monday, state Rep. Michael Stinziano said

Without comment, the board approved releasing the funds that university officials say will improve the Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning systems in the building to improve the facility on Coffey Road that houses Communications and Technology, Horticulture and Crop Science, Plant Pathology and the School of Environment and Natural Resources.

“I’m pleased to see that Ohio State University will receive the funds it needs for these critical infrastructure upgrades,” said Stinziano, a Columbus Democrat. “These needed projects will enhance safety for students and improve the facility for generations of students to come.”

In other business, the Controlling Board approved:

·         The transfer of $481,688 in unreleased capital funds and $118,311 in previously released funds for Ohio State’s Enarson Classroom HVAC Improvements Project.

·         The transfer of $225,702 in unreleased capital funds and $38,782 in previously released funds for Ohio State’s Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center in Wooster for future priority projects.

·         The transfer of $240,000 and $270,000 in capital funds for the Building Automation System Improvement Project at Ohio State.

Made up of six state lawmakers and a representative of the governor’s office, the State Controlling Board has the final say on some of the state’s larger spending requests.