Facilities and Planning

The College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences owns, operates, and leases nearly 875 facilities across the state of Ohio. The college has a significant presence on the Columbus campus and surrounding community, in the Wooster community, at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center near London, Ohio, and in each county in Ohio. 
Our physical facilities allow us to carry out the administrative, teaching, research, and outreach functions of the college.  Our nearly 12,000 acres of land are used as laboratory space for student learning, research for faculty and students, and/or educational programs for communities.

We continually work to improve or strengthen our existing infrastructure or facilities:

Following are some of the current capital improvement projects at various stages that will provide for improved teaching, learning and outreach space:

  • Scoping Study for Agbioscience Facility (Wooster)
  • Renovation of Suite 122 Animal Sciences (Columbus)
  • Greenhouse improvements (Wooster)
  • Construction, Landscape and Arboriculture Lab Renovations (Wooster)
  • Renovation of Room 272 Howlett Hall (Columbus)
  • Road & Parking Resurfacing (Wooster)
  • Secrest Arboretum Welcome Center (Wooster)
  • Northwest Research Station Renovation
  • Selby Hall Greenhouse Construction (Wooster)
  • Multi Specie Facility - design phase (Columbus)
  • Beef Facility - design phase (Columbus)

Details abour major efforts over the last two years are below:

Library & Student Success Center

After an eight-month renovation, students are enjoying a brand new space, the college’s Library and Student Success Center. With computer stations and access to technology, plenty of natural light, five separate collaborative spaces, and a cafe, the new library is truly reflective of the cutting-edge education that CFAES offers.


Greenhouses - Wooster Campus

The new Williams Hall greenhouse complex on the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center’s Wooster campus is much more than a replacement for the greenhouse lost to a tornado almost five years ago: It’s a state-of-the-art facility that will help advance plant research and strengthen Ohio agriculture.

Williams Greenhouses

Food, Agricultural, and Biological Engineering Facility - Wooster

A tornado laid waste to the FABE research building and greenhouses on the Wooster OARDC campus in 2009. Now it's back, better then ever. The new structure is the first "green" building on the Wooster campus, certified "Silver" by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program.

Agricultural Engineering Building in Wooster

Kottman Hall Upgrade and Renovation Project (In Process)

Kottman Hall is home to a significant number of faculty, staff and student learning spaces. As a result of the nearly $12.0 million dollar investment, the facility will receive upgrades to heating, cooling and exhaust systems; window and roof replacement; and upgraded elevators.

Kottman Hall Renovation

Classroom Renovations

Pictured to the right are a few of the updated classrooms from Kottman Hall, where new technology and upgraded finishes have been added to create a more comfortable and collaborative teaching and learning environment.  Many classrooms across the college are in various stages of renovation to modernize the physical facilities and upgrade technology to improve the connection between teachers and students across any distance.

We also continue to upgrade our technology infrastructure across the campuses and with our locally based offices.  Additionally, departmental or program area lab, office and meeting space is upgraded on an ongoing basis to meet the needs of our faculty, staff and students.