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Renovations underway on historic Aquinas Hall

Update | Tuesday, August 11, 2020

A picture of Aquinas Hall as work crews work on the outside of the building.

Extensive renovations are underway on Aquinas Hall. State funding provided the $4 million needed for the full masonry restoration and the replacement of all windows in the historic building. The work began in February and is set to be complete by the end of the year. Structural support deterioration, water infiltration, and deferred maintenance led to the exterior masonry failures that the project is addressing. Previous work on the building included a full roof replacement five years ago.

Aquinas Hall is the oldest building on the Columbus Campus. It was constructed in 1905 to be part of the Aquinas College High School grounds. Columbus State – known then as Columbus Area Technical School – or CATS – moved into the building in the fall of 1965 when the institution was still in its infancy. At the time, 305 students were enrolled, and CATS was operating on an annual budget of $150,000. 


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