Business Innovation Center Set to Open On-Time - Ministry & Performing Arts Center Continues to Progress

Ohio Christian University is excited to announce the progress of our two latest building projects on campus.

The Southern Gateway Economic Innovation Development Center (Business Innovation Center) is right on schedule for the May 22 deadline.  As of March 1, the Business Innovation Center is 93% completed.  Final coats of paint will be applied, flooring is being laid and the sprinkler system will be installed this week.  Ceiling tiles are looking to be installed next week as well as some finishing details.  The furniture has been picked out and the ordering process will also begin next week.  Seeding and landscaping will take place in May.  “Just like any building project, you have your ups and downs but for the most part this project has gone very smoothly,” said Jerry Sparks, Ohio Christian University Executive Director of Operations.

Congressman Steve Stivers was on campus in late February to tour the Business Innovation Center and was very pleased with the progress and the opportunities it will bring to Pickaway County and the surrounding areas.

“These new building projects are very exciting... the buzz around campus of when things will be finished is incredible.  Staff, faculty and students are thrilled with the change that is happening.  It puts a little hop in everyone’s steps, so to speak” – Jerry Sparks.

Circleville Mayor Don McIlroy spoke of the goals and dreams surrounding the creation of the center, “It is designed around entrepreneurial success, workforce development…It is the dream of this community and this development center to ensure everyone has the opportunity to enhance their continued education and individual development.”

Many local organizations, financial institutions, and government leaders played a role in developing this project. Partners in the project led by OCU include Pickaway Progress Partnership (P3), the City of Circleville, Columbus 2020, Pickaway County Board of Commissioners, Rev1 Ventures, the economic development offices of Pickaway, Ross and Fayette counties, the EDA regional office, and federal and state representatives: U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown, U.S. Senator Rob Portman, state Senator Bob Peterson, U.S. Representative Steve Stivers and state Representative Gary Scherer.

The Ministry and Performing Arts Center is most certainly becoming the centerpiece of campus.  Due to weather delays, this project is slightly behind schedule and is set to be finished in late September or early October.  The carpeting and other finishes have been selected.  “It will be beautiful and it will be the signature piece of campus,” said Sparks.  “It is going to be phenomenal, majestic, and mind boggling.”  The Ministry and Performing Arts Center will double as a place of worship for staff and students as well as a beautiful concert hall to highlight our many and talented performing arts programs.

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