The newly renovated Cunz Hall will now house the College of Public Health. Since the school of public health was created in 1995, it has been spread out over multiple facilities. This is the first time the college will all be under one roof.
The renovations began in 2009 and the total project cost $24 million.
The renovation plans were based on an increase of natural light and environmental sustainability. The building now boasts notch in south side of the roof covered in windows. All interior office walls are made of glass to allow more natural light in the building. The building features energy efficient light bulbs with sensors that turn off if the room is not occupied. The amount of water used in the building has also decreased.
Christine O’Malley, executive director of external relations and advancement, said that the new staircases are also a significant improvement. “The stairs on the north and south side are designed for natural light flow. Since we are the College of Public Health, we want people to want to use the stairs because it is the healthy option. The stairs are great and give you a beautiful view of campus,” O’Malley told The Lantern.
“It is now a pleasant building to be in, the old one wasn’t pleasant,” Said O’Malley.
In addition to the renovations, 95 percent of the construction waste was able to be recycled and 90 percent of the walls, floors, and ceilings were reused. “Carpet from the fourth floor was fairly new so we donated it to another building; most of the furniture from the building was donated to habitat for humanity, “Said O’Malley.
Cunz Hall has the chance to be Ohio States first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certified gold status building. The LEED certification is rated by the U.S. Green Building Council and is determined by meeting qualifications and obtaining points. Cunz Hall is in the process of applying for this status.
O’Malley said” The fact that Cunz Hall could achieve this status is significant considering all of the facilities, including labs that require many environmental requirements.”
Renee Watts, the facilities managers for the College of Public Health, said that the original goal of the renovations was to maintain the university green policy that all new buildings and renovations must meet LEED silver status certification. “We have enough points to be LEED gold status certified, but it’s up to the review of the U.S. Green Building Council. We will for sure at least be LEED silver status certified, but it will take a few months to find out,” Watts said.
If the building achieves LEED certified Gold Status, it will also be the first LEED gold status renovated building and the first LEED gold status academic building with labs.
Other Ohio State buildings that are LEED certified include the 4-H building and the Ohio Union.
The building now holds 60 faculty offices, 11 research labs, 2 student computer labs, 1 wet lab, 2 conference rooms, 4 classrooms, and wire access for the whole building.
O’Malley said that she thinks having the college all in one place is an improvement. “Having the college in all separate placed made collaboration difficult and operations redundant, Cunz Hall is now a great place for collaboration.”
Having the college housed in Cunz Hall is also a benefit to students.” It is absolutely a great thing for students to have increased informal and formal interaction with the faculty and future colleges in the field of Health Sciences, “O’Malley told the Lantern.
“We have a very diverse group of faculty here,” said Stanley Lemeshow, Dean of the College of Public Health in a campus press release. “Having everyone under one roof will help us bridge barriers and facilitate interactions like never before.”
The new location of the College of Public Health is also advantageous to students. “We’re in a wonderful location. We are close to the medical center and also to central campus, “said Watts.
The feedback from the university, students and faculty has been positive overall. Watts said, “Negative comments about the renovations have been few and far between. I think that students and faculty are happy to be here.”
Aliesha Boonie, a third-year criminology major, likes the buildings modern look, easy accessibility, and the quiet atmosphere. “The renovations help the environment, all the buildings on campus should push towards that,” Boone said.
Dave Benner, a third-year masters of health systems and pharmacy administration and masters of health administration student, admires the modern look but can’t tell the building is environmentally friendly. Benner told The Lantern, “I think it’s a good thing that I can’t tell. We can be environmentally responsible in a way that’s not over the top and diminishes comfort. The green movement should be pushed in increments.”
Currently the college offers graduate programs and an undergraduate minor. In the fall of 2012 the college will offer an undergraduate major, Bachelor of Science and public health. O’Malley said that the college expects an increase in students when the new major is offered.
Cunz Hall was officially reopened on Friday, Oct. 24th with a grand ceremony and the annual champions of public health awards presentation.
THEN START AGAIN
As children growing up in Silver Spring Md., Chris and Parnell Hegngi were inseparable. The now-junior midfielder and senior forward were also, in many ways, typical brothers.
“We were really competitive,” Chris Hegngi said, smiling. “In our basement at home we would always play one vs. one and the loser would have to do something embarrassing in front of the other.”
“Like do the other person’s chores for the week or something like that,” Parnell Hegngi explained.
Their competitive nature carried over into high school.
Only a year apart in age, the brothers played soccer together at DeMatha Catholic High School. Over their three years together, the Hegngis helped lead the Stags to a 56-1-5 record and a No. 1 national ranking among high schools Parnell’s senior year.
“We had a pretty successful run in high school,” Parnell Hegngi said. “It was pretty fun playing with (Chris).”
Following his senior year, Parnell enrolled at St. Francis University and joined their soccer program.
Chris scored 25 goals and tallied five assists his senior year at DeMatha and was named an ESPN Gatorade Player of the Year Candidate.
When Ohio State men’s soccer coach John Bluem recruited Chris prior to the 2009 season, he knew he would be improving his team’s scoring ability. But he didn’t know that he would eventually be adding two offensive players.
“Chris was a very sought-after recruit when he was coming out of high school,” Bluem said. “We were very fortunate to get him.”
Chris started all 21 games as a freshman while tallying three goals and four assists in helping the Buckeyes earn an NCAA tournament berth.
Following his freshman season, Chris began talking to his brother about transferring to OSU as well.
“After the season was over and I thought about it, I saw our numbers would be a little low,” Chris Hegngi said. “I saw that Parnell was a player that could fit in really well with our team.”
Bluem said he had never considered recruiting Parnell.
“To be honest with you, I didn’t even know that Chris had an older brother,” Bluem admitted. “We were just recruiting Chris…and by that time Parnell was already at St. Francis so we didn’t really know about him.”
With Chris already at Ohio State and their sister Beatrice studying at Capital University, Parnell transferred the next year after talking the move over with his parents.
“(Chris) gave me a really good recommendation to the coaches and they told me to come out to preseason,” Parnell Hegngi said.
“Parnell was a bonus,” Bluem said. “I think the family knew all along that we would take him. He’s been a nice addition for our team.”
During their first collegiate season together, the Hegngis agree that their game against Akron was their most memorable game together.
“We were losing 2-1 and we were down a man,” Chris Hegngi said. “We both came in and I think we had a pretty positive impact on the team.”
The game was the first action for Parnell in an OSU uniform and the duo helped to force a tie against the Zips that day.
This year, the brothers have combined for 10 goals and three assists for the Buckeyes. Chris is the team leader in goals scored and Parnell ranks second on the team in assists.
“I keep kidding (Chris) that I want to see a hat trick out of him,” Bluem said. “I think he’s got the ability to be one of the top scorers in the country.”
The brothers say that they are still competitors, but focus on upstaging other team instead of each other.
“At this stage of our lives, it’s more supportive; there’s no need to be competing,” Chris Hegngi said. “I just want him to succeed.”
Bluem said the pair plays well together, but he doesn’t think of them as brothers.
“I don’t even think about it,” Bluem said. “I just think of them as players. That’s Chris and that’s Parnell.”
The brothers are even living under one roof once again after Parnell moved in with Chris earlier this year, but do they still hold mini competitions to do each other’s chores?
The brothers laughed.
“No, not anymore,” Parnell Hegngi said.