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James Lehr Kennedy Engineering Building comes to life – LIVE WEBCAM and VR WALKTHROUGH

New! Scroll down to the bottom of this page for a VR tour of the building based on the architectural plans.

In spring 2018, construction officially began for the James Lehr Kennedy Engineering Building, the new home of the T.J. Smull College of Engineering. Check out the current progress of the building site through the live webcam feed above.

The 105,000-square-foot facility will be nearly twice the size of the current 55,000-square-foot Biggs Engineering Building and will feature space for collaboration, class projects and community-building, helping ONU remain on the cutting edge of educating engineers who make a difference. The first classes are scheduled to be held in fall 2019 in this innovative facility.

The building is named after James Lehr Kennedy, the great-grandson of ONU founder Henry Solomon Lehr, in honor of Kennedy's service and contributions to ONU. Beyond serving the University as a member of its Board of Trustees, he has made an irrevocable estate pledge gift of $10 million to Ohio Northern. His service to the University spans decades, and he received an honorary doctorate from ONU in 2017.

The new facility will be able to accommodate 600 students and will include more than 10,000 square feet of large-scale project and design space for capstone projects, competitive design projects and other direct industry engagement. Further, it will provide flexible space that can be adjusted to various projects and will feature more than 2,000 square feet for research labs that can exist on their own or can be combined into larger spaces for bigger projects.

The Campaign for Engineering: Building Impact at ONU has garnered immense support from donors, and naming opportunities are still available. To find out how you can participate, please contact Tricia Profit-Kuhn at 419-772-2390 or, or Shannon Spencer at 419-772-2036 or

Building Schedule

2018-19 Academic Year – Summer 2019
August Concrete slab is poured
September Steel work is completed
October Roof is constructed
November Interior work begins
December Windows, plumbing and electric are installed
February Painting begins
April Interior is completed
May Landscaping begins
June Painting is completed
July Building systems are tested
2019-20 Academic Year
August Classes begin


Interact with the video below to see 360-degree views of the new James Lehr Kennedy Engineering Building.