With pens in hand, members of Hilliard City Council, other local elected officials, the Recreation and Parks Advisory Board (RPAC), and City staff signed the steel beam that will top The Well during Monday’s City Council meeting.
The signing marks the significant progress that has been made on the construction on the building that will be the highlight of the City’s recreation and wellness campus that’s expected to open in 2025.
“It’s an honor to be part of this historic moment that will leave a lasting impact on the Hilliard community for generations to come,” said Council President Cynthia Vermillion. “Everyone here tonight has had a significant role in bringing this project from concept to reality, and now they get to leave their mark on the building.”
On Friday, Feb. 2, construction workers will lift the signed beam into place on the roof of the 105,000-square-foot recreation and wellness center during a public “topping off” ceremony, which will take place at 2 p.m.
The top-beam ceremony is a symbolic part of major construction projects. In this case, it marks the completion of the structural work on The Well. Construction began on that project with a groundbreaking ceremony in April 2023.
The Well is under construction on parkland west of Roger A. Reynolds Municipal Park, near the intersection of Scioto Darby and Alton Darby roads. The Well will include an aquatic facility, indoor running track, gymnasium, fitness center with weight room, space for fitness classes and community events, and a medical, health and wellness center operated by The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. The development of the surrounding park campus will include athletic fields, including two large synthetic turf fields and 20 natural-grass playing fields.