1.8M in funds for renovations at Cincinnati State College | News
COLUMBUS– State Rep. Dale Mallory announced on Monday the release of $1,800,000 in capital funds for the STEM Lab Renovations project at Cincinnati State Technical and Community College.
“Cincinnati State students deserve classrooms that are conducive to learning,” said Rep. Mallory. “Right now chemistry labs are outdated and pose a safety threat to the teachers and students. In order for Cincinnati State to maintain its accreditation as a top learning institute, it is imperative that the classrooms are up to standard.”
The labs on campus are more than 30 years old and outdated with crumbling infrastructure. The plumbing system is defective, which leads to poor performing aspirators and frequent floods. The air handling system is inadequate, uncontrollable and at times vents directly into the common air system posing health concerns as well as contaminates equipment and supplies.
The current labs lack appropriate hood space for student experimentation which can result in unsafe vapors. The lack of updated computer systems, no air or vacuum, and poor sight lines render these labs ineffective for efficient, effective and quality teaching and education.
Pepper Construction, a Cincinnati company, was awarded the contract and will soon move forward in completing the repairs. The funds were released by the Ohio Controlling Board, which provides oversight and final approval of state expenditures.