Capital Projects: The Point at Otterbein University

Where Collaboration, Innovation and Education Meet.

The Point Online Photo AlbumThe Point at Otterbein is founded on the principles of partnership, collaboration and community. The Point brings students, educators and business and industry leaders together in one shared space that offers the opportunity for dynamic integration of academic curriculum with the business community, while also serving as a catalyst for an entrepreneurial ecosystem.

The Point is housed in a 60,000 square-foot warehouse that sits adjacent to the Art and Communication Building on the southwest side of campus along Collegeview Road. As the collaborative epicenter to students across many different programs of study, the center includes student labs and classrooms that intersect with industry tenants and professional services. The Innovation Center offer the technology and tools to source the best makers and entrepreneurs.

The Point's flexible space is designed to welcome every opportunity—from bringing in equipment to conduct proprietary research for a global corporation to housing hundreds of school children for a robotics competition. Otterbein is building an entrepreneurial ecosystem through this one-of-a-kind concept which has been identified as a model of 21st century education.

Read what's happening at The Point here.     


"Our students will have a one-of-a-kind opportunity as they work side by side with faculty and resident professionals. As accomplished and experienced problem-solvers they will stand out because they understand how innovative concepts become products and processes." — President Kathy Krendl

Where Collaboration, Innovation and Education Meet

The Point Completion Phase RenderingThe intentional convergence of education, industry, business and community means The Point offers a full slate of opportunities to grow and develop the leaders and technologies of the future. To bring the full potential of this one-of-a-kind facility and concept to life, we welcome the chance to explore your interest in opportunities that include, but are not limited to:

Project Support 

The power of innovation and collaboration is already meeting at The Point. Otterbein Department of Nursing experts joined up with the Department of Engineering and edgeThingZ, a start-up company, to create a set of tools — the Healthcare Education Simulation Station (HESS.) These simulated healthcare scenarios are already enhancing the training of Otterbein student nurses with other nursing programs seeking to utilize the HESS technology, too. Supporting innovations like these stand to benefit every partner involved while also making a real impact for the greater good.

Internship Support

Internships are a critical component of the growth and development of Otterbein students. Through our relationships with industry partners, The Point will provide a broad range of internship opportunities that give our students the applied experience they need. This past summer, first-year engineering students were placed with Honda, Worthington Industries, Xigent Automation Systems, Lake Shore Cryotronics, Rimrock Robotics, Nestle PTC and the STEAM Center. The value of a STEAM student in an internship is a team-based, multi-disciplinary approach to problem solving. Students are living real-world strategies that major industries utilize to foster innovation and excellence.

K - 12 Educational Opportunities

Sparking the STEAM-oriented minds of our region’s school-children is a core value for The Point. We seek to create a wide range of programming to enable youth of all ages to access the equipment and expose design thinking methodologies at an early age. We look forward to exploring ways you can STAND with us to innovate the future at The Point.

Funding Opportunities

Philanthropic gifts, combined with community partnerships and University resources, will play a key role in successfully funding this project with capital construction and equipment costs of $10.8 million.

Below is a list of funding opportunities for named spaces in The Point. Gifts to name a space can be pledged over a period of up to five (5) years.

The Point Naming Opportunity (entire facility) $5 million
Event Forum $1 million
MakerSpace (Prototyping Lab, Metal Shop, Design Studio, Wood Shop) $750,000
» Business Accelerator Suite - FUNDED $500,000
West Entrance and Foyer $300,000
Advanced Manufacturing Lab $250,000
Coffee Shop and Creativity Cafe $200,000
Electrical Engineering Lab $175,000
First-Year Engineering Lab - FUNDED $175,000
Ideation Space $125,000
Lounge and Gaming Center $100,000
Large Instructional Lab $100,000
Medium Instructional Lab $75,000
 Small Instructional Space/Labs $50,000
 Training and Development Center $50,000
 »  Outdoor Research Lab - FUNDED $50,000
Office Space (multiple) $25,000

Additional funding priorities for named spaces in future phases will be announced soon. Some spaces subject to change.

Thank you to the following donors who have generously supported The Point at Otterbein:

The Clements Foundation
Innovation & Facility Development

Dr. Joseph and Marilyn Harpster
Engineering Lab

The Dunlap Trust
Construction Funds

AEP Foundation
Business Accelerator Suite

Alan Goff ’75 and Coral Harris
Outdoor Research Lab and Sustainable Water Feature

To learn more about The Point at Otterbein as part of Where We STAND Matters: The Campaign for Otterbein's Future please contact Kathleen Bonte via email at


Giving to Otterbein

Gifts of all sizes bolster the collective strength of the STAND initiative.  Through your contribution, you join other donors in making a significant, immediate and lasting difference in the Otterbein community.


Otterbein volunteers have always played a critical role for the University. Your role as a campaign volunteer is to cultivate and develop and shape the Institution's future by helping to raise Otterbein's profile, advocating for support, and securing resources for specific initiatives. 


The Office of Development is located in Hancock House at 111 West Park Street.

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Contact Development
Michael McGreevey, Vice President for Institutional Advancement
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Kathleen Bonte, Executive Director of Development for Organizational and Special Giving
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