STEAM Innovation Center
Otterbein University has partnered with leading organizations from the private and public sectors in central Ohio to create a new science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) Innovation Center that combines academics with the business and manufacturing needs of our community. Moody Nolan provided architecture, interior and environmental graphic design for the renovation of the former Mettler-Toledo Office/Warehouse. The design intent of this building included the renovation of this industrial building for use as an Academic and Community STEAM Center. Academically, this building is the home of the Engineering, Physics and Math Programs at Otterbein University. The space offers classrooms, research spaces and teaching labs for Otterbein Students, along faculty offices and administrative spaces.
The center’s primary goal was to create a convergence of educators, business, industry and regional economic planning and development partners all in one location creates a unique resource for students, entrepreneurs and the Westerville community. The community program areas include space for an Innovation Institute, to facilitate specialized training and seminars, provide resources for entrepreneurial and social enterprise startups, a small business incubator, and community workshop space for design, construction and rapid prototyping. Shared amenities include meeting and event spaces with a 250-seat theater, retail kiosk, food service venue, and a copy/print and mail services center.