Craftsmen from Canton and Italy are installing a 500,000 tile mosaic of Walsh University's crest on the side of the university's new Global Learning Center.

NORTH CANTON  Piece by piece, craftsmen from Canton and Italy have been carefully assembling thousands of handmade Venetian mosaic tiles this week to create a mosaic of Walsh University’s crest on the side of the university’s new Global Learning Center.

Lead craftsman Lonnie Tullos of Marchione Studios in Canton and Fabrizio Toneguzzo, a mosaic craftsman from Italy, started installing the piece on Sept. 13. They expect to be finished installing the roughly 500,000 tiles by Saturday.

The artwork for the crest was designed by Damien Marchione of Marchione Studios, which has designed and executed multiple art mosaics in Northeast Ohio as well as around the United States and Canada. Locally, the studio has installed mosaics at the Little Flower Parish in Canton as well as Walsh’s Our Lady of Perpetual Help Chapel.

The craftsmen are installing the crest on the curved wall of the university’s Global Learning Center, which is expected to open for classes in January. The building is located along E. Maple Street.

The first floor of the $11.4 million learning center will house the James B. Renacci Forum & Center for Civic Engagement, which will include the Institute of Community Health and the Food Design Institute that are designed to allow faculty, students and guests to meet to work towards solutions on issues that affect local and global communities. The Renacci forum and center also will serve as the home for the Renacci Government Scholars program, the Renacci Lecture on Civic Engagement and the Renacci Senior Fellows Program.

The first level of the building also will include a career readiness center, media center, chapel, interactive video wall, café, patio and an atrium.

The second floor will feature an engineering classroom, video production lab, digital classrooms, a graphic design lab, student gathering spaces as well as a walkout balcony that overlooks the campus quad.