COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State University will get $1.7 million in state funds to upgrade the heating and cooling systems at Smith Lab on campus thanks to approval Monday by the State Controlling Board, state Rep. Michael Stinziano says.

Without comment, the board OK’d releasing the funds for the project to amend the contract with Westerville’s Gilbane Building Co. for the work, according to state records.

“Smith Lab is a gem on campus and I’m pleased to see that the state will invest in helping to maintain state assets,” said Stinziano, a Columbus Democrat whose House District includes The Ohio State University.

Located at 174 W. 18th Ave, Smith Lab houses Anthropology, Arts and Sciences Honors Advising, Astronomy, Engineering Experiment Station, Film Studies, Office of Energy and Environment, Physics and Public Health.

Smith Lab was initially constructed in 1949 and had additions built in 1957 and 1967.

The Smith Lab project will upgrade the Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning system and electrical switch gear in the building, state records say. The project will provide chilled water from the central chiller plant including all piping, connections, and equipment. This includes connections and valve installations for future integration into an East Regional Chilled Water Plant, state records say.

The board also approved the release of:

  • $237,000.00 to contract with AT&T for OhioLink's Integrated Tech Infrastructure project.
  • $89,125.00 to contract with Karpinski Engineering, Inc., to provide professional design services for the Library Depository-Central 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 larger spending projects.