December 13, 2019
The Hueston Woods Lodge and conference center will be renovated for $ 3.3 million in the coming year. This comes from funds from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.
“Our goal is to continue to provide the high quality services and amenities that Ohioans have come to expect,” said Mary Mertz, director of the ODNR. “After a fun day at one of Ohio’s 75 state parks, we want our guests to experience great hospitality, whether they choose a cabin, full-service campground, or a newly renovated lodge.”
The main part of the project will be the replacement of the roof of the lodge with 92 rooms. The original cedar roof in the lodge, which was built in 1964, is being replaced by a synthetic plastic roof that guarantees a lifespan of more than 50 years, according to Ken Elliott, Park Manager at ODNR.
The 92,300 square foot lodge at 5201 Lodge Road is a centerpiece of the 3,000 acre state park five miles north of Oxford. The lodge has guest rooms, restaurants, conference facilities, access to an outdoor swimming pool and all other parking facilities.
According to the project overview, the existing roof is beyond its useful life and exposes the building to water leaks and damage. Aside from routine maintenance, this will be the lodge’s first major renovation since 1991 when a new front entrance was added and in 1999 when an elevator was added according to the ODNR.
The project is currently in a preparatory phase. Renovation work is expected to begin in late winter or early spring, depending on the weather. Completion is expected by October 2020. The lodge will remain open for business operations during the project.
“The state is committed to improving its lodges for customers,” said Elliott.
In addition to the roof, the lodge is also receiving upgrades for its hydrants and a pumping station for fire protection.