In addition to providing educational opportunities to thousands of students, Founders Hall (formerly known as the Penta Career Center Administration Building) will serve as the new home to the College’s Departments of English, Social and Behavioral Sciences, and
Communications, Humanities and Languages, as well as the Dean for the School of Arts and Sciences.
The College’s newly renovated 29,045 square-foot Founders Hall building is situated at the south end of the Toledo-area Campus, which formerly served as home to the Penta Career Center. Owens’ signature red and black logo as well as an expansive red wall with an array of inspirational words in black, white and gray lettering welcomes individuals upon entering the educational center. Among the words highlighted on the elongated exterior and interior red wall include Success, Learning, Leadership, Collaboration, Opportunity, Excellence, Innovation and Service.
Founders Hall features eight instructional classrooms, two instructional computer classrooms and one open computer laboratory all with state-of-the-art technology and academic resources to provide expanded educational choices and options that meet the current and future needs of students.
The educational center also features 65 offices, four conference rooms, an expansive employee lounge, and men’s and women’s restroom facilities. In addition, Founders Hall includes three interactive learning labs where students can meet one-on-one or in a small group setting with their fellow peers, tutors and/or instructors in a comfortable educational environment designed to enhance academic learning and success.
Designed by the firm Poggemeyer Design Group Inc. of Bowling Green, the exterior of the building features tan brick façade, while the color red is present atop the building’s entrances. Mosser Construction Inc. of Fremont served as the general contractor, while Mondo Mechanical Co. of Toledo, Helm and Associates Inc. of Maumee, Northwest Electrical Contractor of Holland and Absolute Fire Protection Inc. of Perrysburg
oversaw the plumbing, mechanical, electrical and fire protection contracts, respectively.
In 2008, Owens marked a milestone in the academic institution’s history by purchasing the former Penta Career Center, which was adjacent to the College’s Toledo-area Campus, for $6 million. The purchase included 56.38 acres of land, as well as approximately 325,530 square feet of classrooms, offices, educational laboratories and parking lots.
In September 1965, Owens opened its doors as Penta County Technical
Institute, the first technical institute in Ohio, with over 200 students
enrolled. Seven years later, the College officially adopted the name of
The Michael J. Owens Technical College (now Owens Community College).