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As published in Toledo Business Journal - December 1, 2017

Veterans Hall at Owens Community College

Veterans Hall at Owens Community College

Owens opens $2.1M Veterans Hall

Area residents were invited to get a firsthand look at Owens Community College’s new Veterans Hall as the academic institution officially opened the doors during a ribbon-cutting ceremony in early November.

Owens representatives were joined by community leaders and public officials at the ribbon cutting ceremony at Veterans Hall on the Toledo-area campus, 30335 Oregon Road, Perrysburg. Individuals had the opportunity to tour the newly renovated facility, as well as learn about various services offered to veterans at Owens.

According to officials, Veterans Hall, formally Kingsley Hall, was part of the Penta Career Center campus acquired by Owens Community College for $6 million in 2008 when Penta relocated west of I-75 along Buck Road. The purchase included more than 50 acres of land and three primary buildings, including Founders Hall and Heritage Hall. Renovations of the 19,000-square foot Veterans Hall cost $2.1 million, with the first phase of construction completed in March 2017 and the second phase finished in October 2017.

The circular drive surrounding Veterans Hall was named “Mike McAlear Way” following a generous donation to the Owens Community College Foundation in support of veterans programming by Mike McAlear, then a member of the Owens Community College board of trustees. The drive includes two reserved parking spaces for recipients of a Purple Heart, the decoration awarded to those wounded while serving with the US military.

The signature development of the two-story Veterans Hall is a 1,700-square foot addition to the building’s east side that formed a new entrance and glass-enclosed atrium.

The first floor houses the offices of Veterans Services and Counseling Services, as well as a lounge dedicated for use by veterans in the Veterans Center, plus a computer lab, conference room and meeting room. The second- floor renovation created a tiered, multipurpose event space that includes a lobby, restrooms, small catering space, and updated audio / visual equipment.

According to officials, the Veterans Hall design emphasizes energy efficiency and conservation, evidenced by each room’s bank of lights automatically powering down after a period without detected movement. Glass windows are abundant within the atrium addition to reduce the necessity for some electric lighting and to allow in natural light. The entire facility includes building automation heating and air conditioning as well as wireless internet access.

Stough and Stough Architects of Sylvania designed Veterans Hall. Van Tassel Construction Corporation of Sylvania served as the general contractor.