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"The Hilltop complex will improve the efficiency of ODOT...By consolidating operations in one building, the work environment will foster more open communications and cooperation among the department=s divisions."

-Jerry Wray, ODOT Director

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 29, 1998
OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS

ODOT BEGINS MOVE TO NEW CENTRAL OFFICE

COLUMBUS---Between February 6 and March 16, the Ohio Department of Transportation will relocate its Central Office facility from 25 South Front Street to a new facility on the Hilltop in west Columbus.

"The Hilltop complex will improve the efficiency of ODOT," said Director Jerry Wray. "The mission of ODOT has changed substantially over the past 35 years. By consolidating operations in one building, the work environment will foster more open communications and cooperation among the department's divisions."

The $109 million Hilltop Complex consists of two buildings. One for ODOT and the other for the Department of Public Safety. The complex will consolidate the operations of 2,000 state employees from various locations around the city to two buildings in a campus style atmosphere. The new buildings will replace currently antiquated facilities which are in need of major rehabilitation. The cost of rehabilitating the current facilities would have cost more than the new facilities without addressing the consolidation of leased space.

Construction began in October 1995. The funds for constructing the complex came from the Ohio Building Authority. The Hilltop land, owned by the state, is the site of the former State Psychiatric Hospital. Through a dramatic re-engineering effort, ODOT was able to eliminate one floor from the original design because of reductions in the work force. This savings will be in excess of $5 million.

The move will take place mainly over six weekends. During the move, ODOT will operate regular business hours. The department anticipates minimal disruption in services.