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Baker Center

This 292,000 square foot student center serves as a link between the upper and lower campus areas of the University. In addition to providing a gathering place for students, faculty and staff, the building houses meeting and conference spaces; a coffee house/café; a dining facility that seats up to 400 people; a large ballroom; a theater/auditorium; student association and campus organization offices; a gift shop; a game room; two art galleries and a parking garage.

The exterior of the building reflects the “Georgian” architecture present throughout the campus and is composed of a blend of brick and stone with numerous balconies, windows and arched entrance ways. Other design elements include an entry plaza with an arrival/drop off area for visitors, and green space which serves as an extension of Emeriti Park.


Project Details

Ohio University
2007 Golden Trowel Award, International Masonry Institute
2007 Craft Award, International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers

Ordinarily, I would hesitate to provide a recommendation for a company with whom we have formed a new association. however, in this case, I would like to offer some initial assessments. … if early performance is an indicator, I hope this will not be the last opportunity we have to work together. … the firm and its management team have demonstrated a high level of professionalism and adherence to our standards of quality as well as to our schedule and budget. I am truly impressed with the organization, their ability to grasp the intricacies of the job and manage a complex project. In my position … I have worked with many general contractors over the years, and I would rank Smoot Construction Company at the top of the list and find them to be an outstanding and dedicated group of construction professionals.

John K. Kotowski Asst. Vice President, Facilities Planning and Construction | Ohio University