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CFAES Facilities and Capital Planning

College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences



Active Projects


Multispecies Animal Learning Center (MALC)

This project relocates separate animal programs at Don Scott to a new integrated animal learning center on the Midwest campus (Waterman).  Animal species barns include equine, beef-sheep-and-goats, swine, and poultry.  The project includes programmatic connections to the existing Waterman Dairy. Other physical space includes an animal arena, teaching-meeting-event space, outdoor animal space and pasture, equipment and commodity storage, nutrient management infrastructure, sustainable features, and shared resources..


Wooster Pathways

We are designing a new walkable-bikeable path to provide better connections between Applewood Village, Wooster Campus Conference Center, and the New Science Building.   The Office of Student Life has partnered with us on planning and funding this project.  Last year we completed a path from Research Services and Fisher Auditorium to the Subway convenience store.


Recently Completed Projects


Controlled Environment agriculture Research Complex

We officially opened our Controlled Environment Agriculture Research Center at our Waterman Agricultural and Natural Resources Laboratory in September. Production of food in controlled environment greenhouses, often using soilless and hydroponic methods, will be key to feeding the world in the future. The CEARC will also allow our students to gain hands-on experience in a commercial-like setting which will result in graduates who have the skills and experience needed to meet the demands of this growing industry in the state. This best-in-class facility will help distinguish Ohio state from other institutions – and will allow for transdisciplinary collaborations within the college, the university, the state, the world.

GDAL Beef Facility

The Grace Drake Agricultural Lab (GDAL) Beef Facility is a new animal housing facility adjacent to the GDAL Temple Grandin Beef Handling Facility located in Wooster, OH. This 11,776-SF facility provides animal housing, manure storage, commodity storage, office and teaching space. This facility supports teaching, research, and extension outreach for beef programs. It was completed and occupied in the summer of 2020.


The Wooster Farm Services

This Facility includes workspace, a wash bay, a fueling station, and limited storage. We engaged a lean 6-Sigma consultant to help us identify the best location. We explored where and how staff work together, where office and fieldwork is conducted, where equipment is stored and repaired, along with operational travel and logistics. Placing this facility near the feed mill allowed us to reinvest around $150K of our time annually back into service operations. This facility was completed and occupied last summer, and we hope to see additional storage space added in the future.


The New Wooster Science Building

Sometimes a building is more than just a building. The new Wooster Science building is the first major step toward physically bringing the campus together and establishing a new heart of the campus. The project replaces the 100-year-old Thorne Hall structure used by entomology.  It places ATI’s undergraduate chemistry program into new labs that they need.  The building is purposefully positioned near the main entrance of the campus, the campus event center, our greenhouses, and the molecular cellular imaging lab.  It includes a 100+ seat multifunctional space for teaching, meetings, and events.  The front corridor includes a new bug zoo, a café, and several open seating spaces for studying-collaboration-and just hanging out.  Outdoor space includes seating near the café and a pollinator garden.  


Kunz-Brundige Franklin County Extension Building

The 10,500-square-foot Kunz-Brundige Franklin County Extension Building is the first of three new facilities planned for Waterman Agricultural and Natural Resource Laboratory on The Ohio State University campus. This new building is made possible thanks to an $11 million gift from Patricia Brundige, which will also support two endowed Franklin County 4-H educator positions and an endowed Franklin County support fund.

Franklin County Extension offers diverse programming in the areas of the 4-H youth development, family and consumer sciences, community development, and agriculture and natural resources. Annually, more than 12,000 youths participate in enrichment programs and more than 6,000 adults learn about agriculture and natural resources-related topics.


Future Projects

Fisher Auditorium Renovation

This project is critical to CFAES’s ongoing master planning effort to build sense of community on the Wooster Campus.  It brings programs together creating new opportunities for integration and collaboration.  This project is strategically located to improve access to human and physical resources.  Renovate existing event center to accommodate teaching, research, outreach, community programs, retail, combined campus library, and other student support functions.