With the opening of the new Columbus State Community College campus in Liberty Township, the college has provided "a beautiful space for teaching and learning" for its growing student population.

With the opening of the new Columbus State Community College campus in Liberty Township, the college has provided "a beautiful space for teaching and learning" for its growing student population.

"This wonderful new facility can take our prospective students from the point of admissions all the way through to assisting them with scheduling their classes and paying their fees," said campus dean Jan Rogers at a ribbon cutting ceremony June 28. "We are thrilled to bring the full services of Columbus State Community College and the spirit of Columbus State to Delaware County."

The campus is on the southeast corner of the U.S. Route 23-Winter Road intersection, just south of Delaware city.

The 80,000-square-foot building was named Moeller Hall in honor of CSCC president Valeriana Moeller who retires June 30.

CSCC board chair William Dolan said Moeller worked tirelessly for 10 years to create the campus.

"It is Val Moeller who can be called the founder of the Delaware campus," Dolan said.

"What supreme happiness to come to this day," Moeller said, "and for giving me the unbelievable reward of seeing my name on this building."

Under the guidance of Moeller, CSCC attendance increased by 77 percent, from 16,000 students in autumn 1995 to 28,000 in autumn 2009, Dolan said.

Moeller's accomplishments, he said, include establishing a community education and workforce development division that serves an additional 18,000 students annually in noncredit programs and supporting "the evolution of online learning" to 16,000 students and established four of CSCC's 10 off-campus centers and upgrading significantly three of those centers.

"Columbus State has represented so much of central Ohio's growth," said U.S. Rep. Pat Tiberi. "What a great opportunity, not just for Delaware County and north-central Ohio, for Columbus State to continue serving in another way ... another place. (CSCC) is responding to the needs of a busy society and is in a perfect role to be so many things to different types of students."

State Rep. Kris Jordan said thanked Moeller for the "vision and work" in bringing the campus to Delaware.

"She has accomplished a lot with a servant's heart and this is one of her best accomplishments in my mind because it's my home town," Jordan said, adding thanks to all who participated in the project.

"It's a beautiful building in a perfect setting, and it was on time and on budget," Moeller said.

The $25-million project includes 22 classrooms, two science labs, a computer lab, tutoring and studying rooms, student lounge and commons areas and a cafe/vending machine area.

The long-term master plan for the CSCC Delaware property's 108 acres eventually includes having eight more buildings.

Two buildings that existed on the property have been renovated, one to be used for faculty offices and the other as a maintenance facility.

The building was constructed to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification silver level.

The LEED certification won't be verified until a couple of months after the building is in operation, Wayne said.

To achieve that level, the construction included:
Day lighting, with a long window near the roof and a lot of windows throughout the building that will let in plenty of ambient light, even on a cloudy day which reduces the use of the lighting system. Upgraded foam insulation on the exterior walls. It stops noise and keeps the building warm. A state-of-the-art and highly efficient heating and cooling system. Energy-efficient lights with motion detectors. Well-insulated interior walls for sound absorption and to help maintain room temperatures.
For more information visit CSCC's Web site at www.cscc.edu or call the Columbus campus at (614) 287-5353.