PHOTO TOUR: Franklinton’s Idea Foundry innovation center close to opening

Story excerpt provided by Columbus Business First.

Written by Carrie Ghose.

The sun shines once more through long-boarded windows as construction nears completion on Idea Foundry’s second-story innovation center where corporations can explore a hive of creativity and new entrepreneurs get help launching businesses in the country’s largest makerspace.

The renovation in the 60,000-square-foot Franklinton industrial building, led by Columbus-based Compton Construction LLC, replaces the roof, restores and adds windows, created a mezzanine level and converts dusty warehouse space into offices, co-working space, classrooms and event spaces including bleacher seating. Costs are expected to surpass a $1.5 million estimate. The foundry’s $500,000 first-floor renovation that opened in 2014 created workshops for metal and woodworking, laser cutting and other tools for rental.

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Originally published October 28, 2016.

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