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The Ohio State University Star House

The OSU Star House now has more room and a fresh, updated space to serve Columbus Youth thanks to the completion of their recent expansion project at 1220 Corrugated Way. The new construction project, which was led by general contractor Miles-McClellan and architect M & A Architects, has given the Star House team 14,000 square feet to provide their services to the community.

We are thrilled to have been named the project’s design build electrical and technology contractor. During the design process, we worked to achieve high-efficiency and low cost for the Owner with the power, lighting, and telecommunications systems. The lighting system is particularly green because it’s mainly LED and is motion-sensor controlled.

As the only youth drop-in center in Columbus, OSU Star House  provides a diverse range of necessities to the area’s homeless youth, which includes needs like showers, laundry facilities, food, and counseling services. The building can even serve as a mailing address for patrons, as a physical mailing address is required to apply for a state ID or public benefits.

Acquiring this space is a tremendous feat for the organization, as they are currently operating in an 1800 square-foot space located on the corner of 12th and 4th street, which has a maximum capacity of 25 people. As a result, they often have a line flowing from their front door, and must unfortunately turn people away due to their limited occupancy. The building is cramped and not built to serve a large group of people as well. It has very limited storage, insufficient office and conference space for staff and partnering organizations, unreliable plumbing, air conditioning, and heating, and an  antiquated electrical system.

The new building will have the capacity to serve up to 147 youth at a time, and eliminate the need to turn away youth who come there for Star House services.

 

Exciting features of the new building include:

 

  • Multiple bathrooms and two showers

    Layout of the new building; photo courtesy of OSU Star House.
    Layout of the new building; photo courtesy of OSU Star House.
  • Large kitchen
  • Large family and dining room to accommodate increasing number of youth served per day
  • Computer lab
  • Quiet room for studying and relaxation
  • Laundry facilities with multiple washers and dryers
  • Gymnasium with room for half-court basketball, exercise equipment, and yoga
  • Art room
  • Space for onsite providers
  • Medical office
  • Increased storage capacity
  • Designated space for a new social enterprise program

 

OSU Star House will host an open house this fall, where the community will be able to tour the new facility. To learn how you can make a contribution to this organization, visit their donation page.