Wooster Campus Damaged by Storm; OARDC, ATI Closed Sept. 17

WOOSTER, Ohio – At about 5:30 p.m on Sept. 16, a severe storm went through the Wooster campus of the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center. One minor injury has been reported. One greenhouse and at least three buildings, including Research Services, Agricultural Engineering, and Stone House, were damaged.

Trees are down across the campus, including in Secrest Arboretum. The adjacent Agricultural Technical Institute did not sustain damage. Both OARDC and ATI are a part of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences in The Ohio State University. All OARDC-Wooster and ATI offices will be closed Friday, Sept. 17.

Trees are down across the campus, including in Secrest Arboretum. Both OARDC and ATI are a part of Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.

It has not been confirmed that the storm was caused by a tornado. Officials continue to assess damages. “We are grateful that our faculty, staff and graduate students are safe,” said Bill Ravlin, OARDC associate director. “Officials continue to assess the situation and damage to infrastructure and we will release more information as it becomes available.”

Due to estimates regarding restoration of power to the Agricultural Technical Institute campus following Thursday’s storm, student move-in to the Applewood Apartment Village has been shifted from Sunday to Monday, Sept. 20, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“There have been some erroneous reports that ATI’s campus was damaged in the storm,” said campus spokesperson Frances Whited. “We want to emphasize that ATI did not sustain any damage to its buildings.”

An updated schedule of Welcome Days activities will be posted to the ATI website (http://ati.osu.edu) as soon as it is available.

(photos provided by OSU Comm Tech)

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