Pomerene Hall construction continues with great care

The effort to restore a nearly 100-year-old building and bring it into the modern age requires a lot of care and more than a little respect for history. Work is underway to do just that at Pomerene Hall on the Columbus campus of The Ohio State University.

The construction at Pomerene and neighboring Oxley Hall is part of the Mirror Lake District renovation project. The goal is to take part of campus history and restore it rather than start over.

“We’re taking a building from the 1920s and we’re updating it for a modern mission,” said Ruth Miller, senior project manager with Ohio State’s Facilities Operations and Development Design and Construction team.

When it was built in 1922, Pomerene used to serve as the women’s student union. After the current construction is completed, the building will house Ohio State’s data analytics program. The renovation requires a meticulous approach.

Ornamental plaster ceilings run throughout the building, so does hand crafted woodwork. Construction crews are working around the historic fixtures with great care.

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