Three buildings to be demolished to construct a new multipurpose exhibition hall

Demolition of the DiSalle Center, Heritage Building and Adobe Center has started at the Ohio Expo Center to make way for construction on a nearly 100,000 square-foot multipurpose exhibition facility to open in 2016.

The new, $23 million multipurpose exhibition facility will be used for conventions, trade shows, wedding receptions, banquets and other events. It will feature an approximately 75,000 square foot convention hall which can be broken down into three or four smaller spaces, and will feature up to six breakout meeting rooms on a mezzanine level, a café, the Ohio Agriculture Hall of Fame and upgraded technology and modern amenities. This exhibition hall is funded by capital appropriations.

Demolition on the Heritage Building and Adobe Center will be completed this week. Demolition of the DiSalle Center will begin the week of May 18.

Creative arts and culinary exhibits previously held in the DiSalle Center during the Fair are being relocated to the Rhodes Center located just west of the site of the DiSalle Center. Various events that were formerly held in the Rhodes Center have been relocated other facilities at the Ohio State Fair, with the exception of the 4-H Fashion Revue, which will now be held off-site for 2015 on the campus of The Ohio State University at the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center with the goal that it will return to the Fair in 2016.

Handmade crafts previously sold in the Heritage Arts & Crafts Building will now be sold in a designated outdoor area just west of their previous location. The Adobe Center exhibit will be permanently dismantled.

The DiSalle Center, built in 1959 as the Arts and Crafts Building, was named in honor of Governor DiSalle in 1977. Throughout its duration, the building has been home to numerous arts, crafts, culinary and baking competitions and exhibits during the annual Ohio State Fair.

The Heritage Building was built in 1969 as the “Electrical Building.” It later became known as the “Model Railroad Building” or simply the shortened “Railroad Building” from 1984 until 2000 when railroad groups kept a year-round exhibit installed. In 2001, the building became the home of the Handmade Heritage Crafts during the Fair.

The Adobe Center was built in 2010 as an educational exhibit. Constructed from blocks compressed of dirt and lime, this low-cost, energy-efficient, 100 percent sustainable house demonstrated the age-old Adobe building techniques that outperform and outlast current day builds.

The Ohio Expo Center is a year-round, multi-purpose convention and meeting facility. More than 3.1 million visitors attend the 175 events held at the Ohio Expo Center annually, including the Ohio State Fair, contributing approximately $478 million to the state and local economy.

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