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Video, photos capture progress on Phase I of housing plan


The landscape on the southern end of Ohio University’s Athens Campus has changed significantly over the course of the 2013-14 academic year as construction continues on Phase I of OHIO’s Housing Development Plan.

As of last week, the $110 million project, located on the former site of the Wolfe Street Apartments and adjacent lots, had reached the 23 percent completion mark. A time-lapse video provided by Corna Kokosing-Elford documents progress on construction at the site from July 2013 through this week.

Designed to improve the residential experience and the comprehensive living-learning environment on the Athens Campus, the project includes the construction of four new residence halls that will house about 900 students in suite-style living as well as a central learning commons and a central office facility for Residential Housing.

According to Christine Sheets, assistant vice president for student affairs, all four of the new residence halls being built on the site are at various stages of construction. Portions of two of the four residence halls under construction – the northeast building located across from Adams Hall and the southwest building located next to Clippinger Laboratories – have already reached their peak four-story height. The central learning commons will be the last of the buildings erected on the site. The new residence halls will open to students in the fall of 2015.

Led by the Division of Student Affairs and the Division of Finance and Administration, Ohio University’s Housing Development Plan is divided into three phases over the next 10 years. The plan includes the construction, renovation and demolition of residence halls on the Athens Campus as well as the creation of additional recreational and green spaces as OHIO builds for the future.

Here are some snapshots of the construction project thus far:

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Aug. 26, 2013: This image taken from a webcam, located at Clippinger Laboratories to the west of the site of Phase I of OHIO’s Housing Development Plan, shows what the site looked like on the first day of the 2013-14 academic year.

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Feb. 4, 2014: The first of four new residence halls – known for the time being as the northeast building – begins to take shape. The first walls of this building were erected on Jan. 23. This photo was taken from Adams Hall to the east of the site of Phase I of the Housing Development Plan with Morton Hall seen to the north of the site. Photo by Angela Woodward

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March 4, 2014: The first walls on the second of four new residence halls – known for the time being as the southwest building – were erected on Feb. 25. This photo, taken from Adams Hall to the east of the site, shows the progress made on that building in one week. Behind the southwest building is Clippinger Laboratories. Photo by Angela Woodward

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March 5, 2014: This photo taken inside the Phase I construction site shows the progress made on the northeast building in a little more than a month. This new residence hall will be located across the street from Adams Hall and Nelson Commons. Adams Hall opened to OHIO students in 2007 and includes suite-style living, which will also be featured in the residence halls being constructed at the Phase I site. Photo by Christine Sheets

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April 18, 2014: Less than two months since the first walls of the southwest building began being erected, parts of this future residence hall have already reached four stories tall. The foundation of a third residence hall on the site – the southeast building – can be seen in the foreground of this photo taken from Adams Hall to the east of the site. Photo by Angela Woodward

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April 2014: Significant progress has also been made on the northeast building. Photo provided by URS Architects/Engineers

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April 23, 2014: Ohio University’s Russ College of Engineering and Technology has been taking advantage of the Phase I construction project by bringing students to the site for educational opportunities. Russ College civil engineering and industrial and systems engineering students have toured the site numerous times during the 2013-14 academic year. Photo courtesy of C. Ben Lehman/Construction Administration and Due Diligence URS

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April 23, 2014: Russ College industrial and systems engineering students in Associate Professor Diana Schwerha’s occupational safety course toured the Phase I site this week. Pictured with Schwerha, second from left, and her students is Joe Motil, third from right, field safety specialist for contractor Corna Kokosing-Elford. Students in Deb McAvoy and Eric Steinberg’s civil engineering classes have also toured the site. Photo courtesy of C. Ben Lehman/Construction Administration and Due Diligence URS

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April 23, 2014: This image taken from a webcam, located at Clippinger Laboratories, shows the most recent comprehensive view of Phase I of OHIO’s Housing Development Plan.

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Summer 2015: 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: 23%

Days remaining until project completed: 457*

Date project is to be completed by: July 2015

Scheduled opening of new residence halls: August 2015

* number as of April 24