State Releases $7.5 Million To Ohio State For Renovations, Stinziano Says

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Kottman Hall at The Ohio State University will receive more than $7 million in state funds for renovation thanks to State Controlling Board approval on Monday, state Rep. Michael Stinziano says.

The building, located at 2021 Coffey Road in Columbus houses the Communications and Technology; Horticulture and Crop Science and Plant Pathology departments as well as the School of Environment and Natural Resources.

Without comment, the State Controlling Board OK’d the release of $7.5382 million for the renovation, which will replace the windows on part of the second and all of the third and fourth floors of the building.

The project will also renovate the existing hood exhaust and building Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning systems, replace the roof and provide chilled water to Kottman and Howlett halls and the Parker Food Science Building.

 “I’m happy to see that this key facility at Ohio State University will receive the critical funding that it needs to update the building and affiliated systems for students,” said Stinziano, a Columbus Democrat.

According to state documents, another goal of this project is to improve the performance and reliability of the central plant and distribution pumping and piping systems, provide individual building chilled water metering and provide an integrated plant/building control system to allow optimization of control of the chilled water plant and distribution.

This will include the addition of a chiller, pumps, cooling towers, piping, distribution systems, system controls and upgrades to the overall system performance, according to state documents.

In other business, the controlling board also OK’d the release of $770,000 to Ohio State to contract with Insightec of Dallas to purchase equipment for the Neuromodulation Clinical Expansion project in Columbus.