NORTH CANTON  Fabrizio Toneguzzo recently came from Morsano, Italy, to Walsh University to work on a 550-square-foot mosaic made more than over 450,000 ceramic, handmade tiles. He is installing the mosaic on the front of the new Global Learning Center.

The mosaic faces the East Maple Street side of the building and is two stories high. The mosaic was designed by Marchione Studio in Canton. A second installer, Lonnie Tullos, came from Texas to help install the large artwork.

"We’re a long-standing mosaic production company in the area, we’ve helped with mosaics for many churches and religious institutions in the area," said Damien Marchione. "This is a large project for a fine arts mosaic. It’s the second mosaic we’ve done for Walsh. We also did the mosaic inside the Our Lady of Perpetual Help here on campus."

The installers started on the project on Sept. 12 and within 10 days, it was near completion. Marchione predicted the mosaic would be complete by the end of September. 

He said the tiles are produced in Italy and then shipped to North Canton in sheets with the ceramic tiles covered with removeable material. The installers put the sheets of tiles up on the building and remove the covering.

"The ceramic tiles are durable and will handle the northeast weather just fine. They shouldn’t fade or incur any type of damage," Marchione said.

The Global Learning Center is a cornerstone academic building designed to support interactive learning where collaboration with faculty is fostered through research, interdisciplinary problem-solving and community engagement. It will be equipped with the latest and most advanced emerging technologies.

The first floor will house two research institutes, The Institute of Community Health and the Food Design Institute. The Renacci Government Scholars Program, the Renacci Lecture on Civic Engagement and the Renacci Senior Fellow Program will also be located on the first floor.

The second floor will include an engineering classroom for computer engineering and other engineering programs. There will be digital classrooms, a graphic design lab and gathering spaces for students to work collaboratively included on the second floor. There’s also going to be a walkout balcony with a view of the campus squad.

The 42,816-square-foot building is expected to be ready for classes in January 2018.