Broadband Communities

MAR-APR 2016

BROADBAND COMMUNITIES is the leading source of information on digital and broadband technologies for buildings and communities. Our editorial aims to accelerate the deployment of Fiber-To-The-Home and Fiber-To-The-Premises.

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18 | BROADBAND COMMUNITIES | | MARCH/APRIL 2016 Revitalizing a Landmark: The Carlisle Building, Chillicothe, Ohio BroadBand Communities showcases the Carlisle Building, a historic landmark in downtown Chillicothe, Ohio. The building's recent makeover as housing and ofce space for the Adena Health System included state-of-the-art fber optic broadband and managed Wi-Fi. Thanks to Misty Tuttle of Horizon Telcom and Ty McBee of Adena Health System for gathering the information for this profle. By Masha Zager / Broadband Communities T he Carlisle Building, built in 1885, is located in the heart of Chillicothe's downtown. A beautiful and beloved building that some Chillicothe residents thought of as a "castle," it housed a variety of stores and apartments over the years until vandals set fre to it in 2003. Severely damaged, the building sat condemned and vacant for a decade. Several attempts to restore it failed, and it began to have a negative efect on the neighborhood around it. Te board of trustees of Adena Health System, a regional health care provider headquartered in Chillicothe, asked management to consider whether Adena could help restore the building for the community's beneft. Ty McBee, business development director, says Adena had an emerging need for housing to support its graduate medical education program and decided the building was well-suited for that purpose. "At the beginning of our analysis, the graduate medical education program was pretty new, so it didn't quite PROPERTY OF THE MONTH hit us early on," he says. "But as we continued to look, it became evident." In 2014, Adena partnered with Te Chesler Group, a Cleveland developer that specializes in renovating historic buildings. When Adena signed a 15- year lease for most of the space, Chesler bought the building and undertook a $7 million project to restore it to its former glory – and equip it with the kind of broadband that medical students require both for educational purposes and for entertainment in their limited free time. Horizon Telcom, an incumbent telco based in Chillicothe since 1895, was selected to install a fber network and provide services. Te facility now includes medical student housing as well as ofce space

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