Ohio State University at Mansfield, The


Recreation And Student Life Center Feasibility Study

In 2008 The Ohio State University at Mansfield selected B&D to conduct a feasibility study for the development of a new recreation and student life center. Since OSU Mansfield shares a campus with North Central State College, facilities such as the Campus Recreation Center were constrained by wayfinding issues, limited space, and confusion as to which spaces belonged to which school. Our approach to this project included: a strategic visioning session to create a context for the work; student focus groups and surveys; case studies’ analysis to identify trends; a demand model for utilization needs; and a financial model to test revenue opportunities. We recommended a two-phased approach: Phase l would entail renovating and expanding Eisenhower Hall to become a new core of campus life for both schools at a cost of $8.2 million and an expansion of 13,392 SF; Phase ll would include the development of two new multipurpose outdoor fields and an $8.2 million athletic/recreation expansion.