Feb 6, 2014
From staff reports
Anyone traveling near the construction site on the southern end of Ohio University’s Athens Campus has likely noticed some significant progress in recent days. Walls on the first of four new residence halls being erected at the site began going up in the past two weeks.
The construction is part of Phase I of Ohio University’s Housing Development Plan, an initiative designed to improve the residential experience and the comprehensive living-learning environment on the Athens Campus. The initiative is being led by the Division of Student Affairs and the Division of Finance and Administration.
Phase I includes the construction of four new residence halls as well as a central learning commons and a housing office on the former site of the Wolfe Street Apartments and adjacent lots. Work on the $110 million project began over the summer, and the new residence halls, which will house about 900 beds, are scheduled to open in the fall of 2015.
The Housing Development Plan includes the construction, renovation and demolition of residence halls on the Athens Campus in three phases over the next 10 years as well as the creation of additional recreational and green spaces.
The photo essay below will be updated throughout Phase 1 of the plan to give the OHIO community a glimpse of progress being made on the project. In addition, everyone can check out real-time footage of the project by visiting http://oxblue.com/open/OUHousing.
Jan. 30, 2014: The walls on the first of four new residence halls on the Athens Campus began going up in late January. Photo by Angela Woodward