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Main Building Renovation Nears Completion at Belmont College

Officials announce 8.07-million-dollar overhaul of the Main Campus Building at Belmont College.


St. Clairsville, OH (August 23, 2018) – Belmont College officials are pleased to announce that an 8.07 million-dollar overhaul of the Main Campus Building is nearly completed.


Molly McKivitz, from Jacobsburg, Ohio, stands in the newly renovated Main Campus Building at Belmont College. Molly is a student in the college’s Mental Health program.

The renovation of the 93,982-square foot building included a complete roof replacement, with the exception of one section that was recently updated, as well as continued replacement and updating of the college’s HVAC and lighting systems. More than 620 lights on the interior have been converted to LED lighting, as well as upgraded exterior lighting. These updates will make the building more energy efficient, as the former systems were original to the building and have been in place since 1971.


The original main campus building, built in 1971 for 1.3 million, was backed by a grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission to fund construction. Over the years, additional square footage was added to the main building which included: Library, Horizon Hall, the Success Center and the Applied Technology and Innovation Center (ATIC).


“This renovation project represents a milestone in the development of the Belmont College campus,” said Dr. Paul Gasparro, Belmont College President. “The impact of having updated facilities will be felt, not only by those students who will receive their education here in the future, but the community as well.”


The building renovation also included adding a student services area for students. This update creates one location for students to register and enroll for classes. The following offices are now in one centralized location after the completed renovation for maximum efficiency and better service to students: advising, business, financial aid, recruiting, records, career services, and workforce development.


“We want to make the enrollment experience more streamlined for our students,” said Gasparro. “It is my hope that by having one location for non-academic wraparound services and financial support we can play a valuable role in promoting higher education success for our students.”


The renovation was performed by Project BEST and JD&E, overseen by the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission and designed by Perspectus Architecture.


Gasparro continued “We are pleased to have used local contractors and their employees on this project through Project BEST. Using local companies keeps our money in the local economy and helps our region grow and prosper.”


The complete list of building updates includes the following:


  • HVAC & Lighting Phase II – The continuation of replacing portions of the Main Building’s HVAC equipment and upgrading lighting throughout the building.
  • Roof Replacement
  • Window and Door Replacement – Windows and exterior doors that remain from the original building built in 1971 have been replaced.
  • Student Services – The offices for Advising, Financial Aid, Records, Recruiting, Career Services, Receptionist, Business, and Workforce Development were reconfigured for maximum efficiency and better service for students. In conjunction, three outlying faculty offices have been relocated to the faculty suite area.
  • Campus Shop/Bookstore relocation and update
  • Student Lounge – An updated student lounge and gaming area have been created and centralized for student use.
  • Classrooms – Many of the classrooms within the college received new flooring, fresh paint and updated technology
  • Boardroom – The college boardroom has been relocated between the administration wing and the new One-Stop.
  • Learning Commons – A quiet study area has been created specifically for group study and is located near the Library.
  • Main Lobby – The Main Lobby has received cosmetic upgrades and new directional signage is being created.
  • Administrative Offices – Seven offices were reconfigured in the administrative hallway.
  • Library – The Library has been redesigned to twenty-first century library standards in technology, design, and functionality.
  • Door Hardware and Keying Replacement – The lock system upgrade will be completed for all doors, and card reader access will be added as needed.
  • Fascia Upgrade – The exterior fascia of the building has been enhanced.
  • Main Pedestrian Entrance – The addition of a main focal point to the pedestrian entrance and cosmetic changes to the main door now better define the main entrance of the building.
  • Generator – A new generator has been installed to provide backup for vital areas including servers for online access, HVAC equipment and emergency lighting.
  • Network Upgrade – a major upgrade to the college’s networking infrastructure is currently underway.


“The outcome of this project is to have a much more energy efficient building, as well as a main campus that reflects a positive and modern appearance for the college in order to be able to service our student population more efficiently,” said John Koucoumaris, Vice President Administrative Affairs. “The plans which were developed have the ultimate goal of best serving our students. With the construction budget at $6.85 million, and half of the budget dedicated to creating an energy efficient building, the design team has worked with the college to select the ideal plan in order to maximize the budget.”


Along with the new updates that Belmont College has been working on, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) recently completed the Hammond Road Connector project which created a new way to access the college’s Main Campus, as well as to reduce congestion and improve safety. Traffic signals at the old intersection of State Route 331 and Hammond Road were removed and access is no longer permitted to Hammond Road from SR 331. All traffic wanting to travel on Hammond Road to Belmont College will now have to use the new Hammond Road Connector.


Furthermore, the college’s renovation comes on the heels of the addition of the Health Sciences Center. This facility, completed in 2015, features a two-story overlap design with state-of-the-art classroom and science labs for biology, anatomy, and chemistry. These high-tech classrooms are meant to enhance the learning environment and provide opportunities for students to nurture collaboration and creativity. The new facility is located near the Belmont College Main Campus overlooking Fox-Shannon Park.


The Belmont College Main Campus is located at 68094 Hammond Road, St. Clairsville, Ohio.


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