Work finally begins in Wooster on new building

May 22, 2013 by  

Almost three years after the original building was ravished by a tornado, work is now set to get underway on a new Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering building for the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC).

September 16, 2010, was a terrible day in Wooster, due to the storm, but work is now set to begin on a new building, and Steve Slack, director of OARDC, could not be happier.

The ruins of the building stood for two years, held up by braces, a constant reminder of the storm, Slack said. He also noted he was “tired of seeing it every day” and found it “cathartic” when the old building was finally pulled down.

May 10 was thus a great day, since ground was broken for the new $11m building. Slack noted the ground was fresh, and the ceremony marked the beginning of the renewal process, as well as the end of the healing.

Bruce McPheron, vice president and dean of OSU’s College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, noted that having a building blown down is not an ideal way to plan a new campus, but expressed gratitude there were no deaths or major injuries due to the tornado, which was to blame for about $30m in damage. Work on the building should begin in July, with completion slated for September, 2014 – four full years after the storm.

College officials could work with business card printing services to prepare cards for the people who will work in the new building, perhaps consulting a banner printing expert to commemorate the occasion as well.