The Ohio State University at Lima

Groundbreaking for new Perry Webb Student Life Building planned for May

UPDATE: The groundbreaking for the Perry Webb Student Life Building is set for 3:30 p.m., Fri., May 12, 2017. Click here to register.

Students at The Ohio State University at Lima will soon have a new, centralized place on campus to meet, work out, socialize, collaborate and study. Groundbreaking for the Perry Webb Student Life Building will take place this spring with an expected opening in fall 2018.

The $5.2 million, 15,000 square foot building will feature a fitness center, grab and go food services, an information commons and collaborative work space, and several multipurpose lounge spaces.

"Modern recreation and educational facilities are important aspects of the Ohio State experience," said Ohio State President Michael V. Drake. "The new student life building represents Ohio State Lima's latest step toward enhancing the overall academic experience by creating a central place to relax, study and socialize, while positively impacting student recruitment and retention moving forward."

The new building will form the core of a student life experience for the largely commuter student population. While the majority of Ohio State Lima’s students still come from the school’s traditional 10-county region, 46 Ohio counties are now represented on campus. The building will give them a place to study, eat, relax and work collaboratively when they are not in class.

The Ohio State University Board of Trustees took action Jan. 27, 2017, to approve the design, budget and name of the new Perry Webb Student Life Building. Perry Webb was one of the early supporters of the effort to bring an Ohio State campus to the Lima community. He was a founding member of the Lima Advisory Board and the vice chair of the Lima Campus/OSU Fund Drive Campaign. He served as President of the Lima/Allen County Chamber of Commerce as the first buildings were going up on the campus. Perry Webb’s son, Larry, is currently serving as the co-chair for the Student Life Building capital campaign. He also serves on the Ohio State Lima board.

“The Webb family has been very committed to the campus from day one and Ohio State Lima has been very fortunate to have the support of multiple generations of the Webb family,” said Charlene D. Gilbert, dean and director. “Larry Webb and Mary Ellen Webb Marik are carrying on the family tradition of philanthropy and service to the community through the Perry Webb Student Life Building. Students for generations to come will know the generosity and impact of this family with a building that will be central to their student experience.”

The Perry Webb Student Life Building will sit next to the academic center of campus, Galvin Hall, filling the final spot on the Quad, the central outdoor gathering space at Ohio State Lima.

“The Student Life Building – as a gathering place, a symbol of unity and companionship, a beacon on campus to attract and welcome our student body, a place to share and laugh and learn, a forum for discussion and exchange of ideas – will become an integral component in those educational opportunities,” said Mark Haushalter, chair of the Ohio State Lima Board. “What a fantastic thing for our students! What a great day to be a Buckeye!”

Aerial view of the Perry Webb Student Life Building