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Phase I of housing plan hits 20 percent completion mark (PHOTO ESSAY)

Second of four new residence halls taking shape


Less than a year into the construction of four new residence halls on Ohio University’s Athens Campus, Phase I of OHIO’s Housing Development Plan is already boasting some impressive numbers.

In the past month the second of four new residence halls on the former site of the Wolfe Street Apartments and adjacent lots has begun to take shape. In addition, Christine Sheets, assistant vice president for student affairs, reports that Phase I construction has hit the 20 percent completion mark.

“It has been a challenging winter for construction with plenty of snow and brutal temperatures, but the project has continued to progress as planned,” Sheets said.

An initiative designed to improve the residential experience and the comprehensive living-learning environment on the Athens Campus, Phase I of the University’s Housing Development Plan includes the construction of four new residence halls, which will house about 900 residents in suite-style living, as well as a central learning commons and a central office facility for Residential Housing. The $110 million project will also feature faculty-in-residence apartments; multipurpose, classroom, lounge and study areas; energy efficient mechanical and electrical systems; and fully accessible and green building designs.

Work on Phase I began in July 2012 with the demolition of the former Wolfe Street Apartments, followed by site preparation, the installation of the site’s utility infrastructure, and the pouring of foundations. In late January, the walls on the first new residence hall – known for the time being as the northeast building – began going up. In recent weeks, the third and fourth floors of that residence hall have begun to take shape. In late February, the walls of the second new residence hall – the southwest building – began to emerge.

According to Sheets, construction on Phase I of the Housing Development Plan is slated for completion by July 24, 2015. The four new residence halls are scheduled to open to students in the fall of 2015.

Several Ohio University employees visited the Phase I construction site over the University’s spring break and shared some of their photos.

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Vice President for Student Affairs Ryan Lombardi and Executive Director of Residential Housing Pete Trentacoste are seen in front of the second of four new residence halls under construction on the Athens Campus.

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Work continues on the first of four new residence halls being built on the former site of the Wolfe Street Apartments and adjacent lots. This residence hall – known for the time being as the northeast building – is located across the street from Nelson Commons and Adams Hall.

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Vice President for Student Affairs Ryan Lombardi, donning a sporty OHIO hard hat, is seen inside the doorway of a room in the northeast residence hall. Could this be your dorm room come fall of 2015?

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A crane lifts a pre-cast concrete wall into place on the first of four new residence halls that will be built as part of Phase I of the University’s Housing Development Plan.

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Touring the Phase I construction site were, from left, Christine Sheets, assistant vice president for student affairs; Ben Lehman, construction administration and due diligence for URS, the architectural and engineering firm for the project; Ryan Lombardi, vice president for student affairs; and Terry Baxter-Potter, OHIO’s senior project manager, Design and Construction. They are seen outside the second of the four new residence halls being built on the site. Photo by John Smith, CKE project superintendent

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Two of four new residence halls that are being constructed as part of Phase I of OHIO’s Housing Development Plan are seen. In the foreground is the first residence hall, also known as the northeast building, on the site. In the background is the second residence hall, also known as the southwest building.

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The foundation for the third new residence hall, also known as the southeast building, is seen with the southwest building to the left and the northeast building to the right.

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Tom Simko, project executive with Corna Kokosing, and Ryan Lombardi, vice president for student affairs, walk through the interior of the northeast building on the site of Phase I of the University’s Housing Development Plan.

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The third floor of the northeast building begins to take shape less than two months after the building’s first walls began to be installed. Progress on Phase I of the Housing Development Plan is occurring at a fast pace. To view real-time footage of the project, visit http://oxblue.com/open/OUHousing

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To help you put the previous photos into perspective, here is an artist’s rendering of what Phase I of OHIO’s Housing Development Plan will look like once it’s completed. Illustration by Hanbury Evans Wright Vlattas + Company

Phase I at a glance

Percent of the project completed: 20%

Days remaining until project completed: 500*

Date project is to be completed by: July 24, 2015

Scheduled opening of new residence halls: August 2015

* number as of March 12