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      Updated October 19, 2015

      Join Us for the Topping Out October 29

      Sign the Beam Starting October 27


      With Halloween just around the corner, ghouls, goblins and skeletons adorn grounds and doorways in neighborhoods nationwide. But this week at Capital University, bones of another kind are rising up from the ground to form the steel frame — the very skeleton — of a modern, technology-rich learning space that will breathe new life into the campus footprint it occupies. 

      Two hundred and three tons of steel began arriving at Capital last week from Ohio Steel Industries, in Pataskala, ushering in a new phase of construction on the Convergent Media Center. A massive 80-ton crawler crane proudly flies the American and Capital flags atop a 190-foot boom as it gracefully lifts, hauls and sets each steel beam gently in its exact place.

      Topping out factoid

      CMA Animated

      With the steel framework in place, the next phase of construction will focus on the exterior and interior of the building, conceptualized here with these architectural renderings of the following spaces:

      • Entrance and Atrium
      • Digital Design Laboratory – Music Technology
      • Recording Studio, Isolation Booth, and Control Room
      • Student Unified Media
      • Large Classroom and Performance Space

      The process will continue throughout the month of October, and conclude with a Topping Out Ceremony at 3 pm Thursday, October 29, just outside the construction site on Capital’s main campus. 

      A “topping out” is an ancient builders’ tradition marking the raising of the structure’s highest beam or structural element, honoring a thus-far safe construction site, and offering a blessing for the building’s future, and for those who will use it. The practice began as a Scandinavian rite, in which builders placed a tree on top of a new building in order to appease the tree-dwelling spirits displaced by the use of lumber in the construction. These days, the tradition continues to be observed, and we invite our Capital University community and friends to join us in celebrating this important milestone. Read more about the history and superstition surrounding the topping-out practice

      Beginning Tuesday, October 27, the 12-foot steel beam that will support the edifice’s tower will be accessible just inside the construction site on the north side of Leonard Hall. For two days, students, faculty, staff, alumni, friends, neighbors and other members of the Cap Family will be invited to inscribe their name on the beam, which traditionally is painted white, in permanent marker to note their participation in the historic project. Signing can take place between the hours of 7:30 am and 4:30 pm, and markers will be provided. 

      Steel Fun Facts
      Did You Know?

      We are using 2,800 feet, 203 tons and 11 semi loads of steel:

      • 836.83 feet tube steel
      • 1,828.92 feet angle steel
      • 117.0 feet channel steel
      • 203.08 tons of steel
      • 316 squares of decking
      • 4.101 tons of joist
      • 11 semi loads for seven sequences (finishing with the skylight)

      Then on October 29, please join us for a Topping Out Ceremony at 3 pm. Following brief remarks, the beam, adorned with signatures and a ceremonial evergreen tree representing nature, permanence and shelter, will be hoisted into the air and set in place. 

      The 34,430-square-foot Convergent Media Center, slated to open for classes in spring 2017, will support current and emerging degree programs that embody technical arts and convergent media, and that will flourish in an interdisciplinary, creative and collaborative environment. It will be the confluence of tradition and the digital age, facilitating new connections between past, present and future, and making lessons already learned and new knowledge yet to be formed relevant and accessible to the masses. Read more at Where Worlds Converge.

      Demolition and Construction Timeline:
      Updated July 16, 2015

      The Capital University community was joined last week by community leaders, business and elected officials, trustees, alumni and more for a celebration marking the official groundbreaking for its new Convergent Media Center.

      The Convergent Media Center will be a 34,430-square-foot active learning hub that will support current and emerging degree programs that embody technical arts and convergent media, and that will flourish in an interdisciplinary, creative and collaborative environment.

      "Today, as a key part of this new vision we're breaking ground on a technical arts and convergent media center, where classroom instruction will ensure that our students keep pace with change in a digital age," President Denvy A. Bowman, Ph.D., said. "Fostered by the hard work of our expert faculty, we're building for the future — a future which promises to be dynamic, a future which promises to offer new tools and technologies, a future which promotes communication, artistic expression and cultural understanding."


      With shovels in hand, University trustees, students and community leaders ceremonially broke ground. They were Bernie Ostrowski, vice chair of the Board of Trustees; Rick Lombardi, chair of the Board Facilities Subcommittee; Denny Freudeman, University trustee and immediate past Board chair; Trustees Jim Havens, Carol McWilliams, Ron St. Pierre and E.J. Thomas; Student Government President Jackie Niese; and Bexley Mayor Ben Kessler.

      CMC Gallery
      CMC Groundbreaking Ceremony

      See the full gallery from our historic groundbreaking for the new Convergent Media Center.

       "By its very nature, the Convergent Media Center is about innovation, intersection and integration," Provost Richard M. Ashbrook, Ph.D., said. "Students' experiences in the new space will stretch learning outcomes across academic disciplines, creatively combine liberal education with technical invention and artistic expression, and foster interdisciplinarity."

      Just one week following the first turning of the soil, a massive caisson drill rig now has cleared foundation holes that plunge 25 feet under ground. They will be filled with concrete to form the new structure's foundation piers. Excavation of the building's lower level continues. 

      Power Outage Planned in Renner Hall

      The main electrical line that feeds power to Renner Hall currently runs within the footprint of the new CMC building. Facilities Management is preparing replace and reroute the line during the week of July 20, beginning on Monday from 2 to 10 pm. Building occupants are asked to help prepare for this power outage by following these steps:

      • Prior to 1:45 pm Monday, July 20, please power down your office computer and any associated printers and other electronics.
      • Turn off your window air conditioning units.
      • Turn off your office lights and lock your doors.
      • Please plan to avoid Renner Hall during the planned power outage.

      Please note that the heating plant will be impacted by this outage from approximately 9 to 10 pm

      Trouble parking during construction?
      Remember, Trinity Lutheran Seminary has provided 24 parking spaces in its lot for those who have an F pass. Look for the sign that reads, "Capital University F Lot Pass Parking Only.”

      Updated: July 2, 2015


      It took just six hours to demolish the existing structure that stood where Capital University’s new Convergent Media Center will be constructed. If you haven’t seen it yet, don’t miss the time-lapse video Communication Professor Betsy Pike created using footage captured by our webcam and by Dustin Grovemiller, assistant director of Alumni Relations and Annual Funds.

      Since work began June 15, Loy Hall has been razed and debris has been removed from the site. Bricks and stone have been salvaged and cleaned for reuse, and fence screening has been installed around the construction site. As of July 1, some additional parking for faculty and staff is available at Trinity Lutheran Seminary. 

      Looking ahead to the week of July 6, work to prepare the site for excavation of the basement and foundation work will begin. This will require a series of planned power outages as the underground line that supplies power to Renner Hall is rerouted. Here is the schedule as it stands now: 

      • Monday, July 6, from 4 to 5 pm – Admission and Welcome Center and chiller plant
      • Wednesday, July 8, from 4 to 6 pm – heating plant and Office of Facilities Management
      • Week of July 20 (date yet to be determined), 2 to 10 pm – Renner Hall. We'll share more details once they've been confirmed.
      Also planned for next week is a Groundbreaking Celebration at 1 pm on Wednesday, July 8, at Jeffrey Courtyard, located just south of Leonard Hall, on the east side of the construction site. Join us at noon for a casual lunch. RSVP by Monday, July 6, to



      Updated: June 12, 2015 

      With unanimous approval from Capital University's Board of Trustees on Monday, June 8, to raze Loy Hall and construct a new Convergent Media Center, work to prepare for demolition and construction of Capital's first new academic space since 1980 will begin the week of June 15. Construction will continue through the academic year and is expected to be complete in fall 2016. Classes will be scheduled in the building beginning spring 2017. 

      Faculty and staff parking lots F5 and F6 are expected to close Monday, June 15, and remain so for the duration of the demolition and construction project. Additional parking (PDF) for those with disabilities will be installed in F4, near Huber Spielman Hall.

      A six-foot-high construction fence will be installed around the building’s perimeter to establish safe and secure boundaries and a demolition and construction zone. Construction entrances and temporary pedestrian walkways will be poured.

      After Loy Hall has been disconnected from all power sources and emptied completely, abatement work will take place to remove and neutralize any remaining hazardous materials will take place.

      Demolition is expected to begin the week of June 22 and should conclude by the end of the week. Building debris will be removed during the following three weeks, and construction of the new building will follow. 

      Navigating the Construction Site:

      Construction site boundaries will be established around the perimeter of Loy Hall to allow room for equipment storage, debris piles and safety from related operations. The existing sidewalk along College Avenue will remain accessible to pedestrians, but a new, temporary walkway will be poured from College Avenue east to the Blackmore Library path. This will make it easier and safer for people to travel around the construction fence and access Renner Hall from the south entrance. 

      Faculty and staff parking lots F5 and F6 will be closed from Friday, June 12, through the duration of the project. Additional parking for those with disabilities will be made available in F4.

      There is adequate parking to absorb the loss during summer months, and beginning July 1, Trinity Lutheran Seminary will make 30 additional parking spaces available to faculty and staff.


      Demolition is a fascinating process that attracts spectators. For your safety, we will establish a designated area on the northeast side of the site for those who want to watch. This will allow you to observe from a safe distance.

      Collectors and DIY-ers:

      Capital wants to salvage as much of the old building as possible, even if we can’t use all of the materials ourselves. So we’ll create a pile of salvageable brick outside of the construction zone if you want to take a souvenir. All remaining salvageable and historically significant building remnants will be re-purposed or re-used by the university, or donated to local organizations that can make good use of them.