View of Multispecies Animal Learning Center

Waterman - Multispecies Animal Learning Center (MALC)

The Waterman - Multispecies Animal Learning Center (MALC) facility will enhance teaching and outreach programs on the Columbus campus and expand interdisciplinary collaborations for the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES). 

The project constructs a 100,000 square-foot facility located at the CFAES Waterman Agricultural and Natural Resources Laboratory, a unique 261-acres that provides opportunities in teaching, research, and community engagement. The $58.2 million project will consist of an interconnected series of barns housing different species which include swine, equine, poultry and others. The facility will include an arena, wet labs, classrooms, storage areas and public viewing areas. MALC will replace aging storm and animal waste management infrastructure as well as provide new gas, electric and water utilities to the project site. The project will also build an adjacent dairy barn. 

Learn more about MALC  and the Waterman Agricultural and Natural Resources Laboratory .



Project Timeline

  • 2017
  • 2022
  • 2023
  • 2024
  • 2025

Live Updates

Looking northwest toward future site of the Waterman - Multispecies Animal Learning Center (MALC) facility

Project Team

Project Manager 
Steve Munger

AE/Design Architect: Wellogy

Construction Manager
CK Construction Group


As highlighted by Ohio State News, The Ohio State University broke ground on the $52 million Multispecies Animal Learning Center (MALC), which will advance student learning and workforce development in animal agriculture. 

Ohio's Country Journal spotlighted the Multispecies Animal Learning Center (MALC) groundbreaking held at Ohio State on Tuesday, January 30.