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Building taking shape at Walter Fieldhouse site

The steel erection process is underway at the construction site of Ohio University's future Walter Fieldhouse. Crews with Turner Construction Company began placing the pre-engineered steel beams Friday, Aug. 23. The project is scheduled to last approximately five months. The Ohio University Board of Trustees approved the naming of the facility at their August meeting.

The photo essay below will be updated throughout the length of the project to give the University community insight into the progress being made on the new structure next to Peden Stadium.

The 89,000 square foot facility will support classroom instruction, recreational activities, athletic practices and events. It will include a full-size football field, four lane practice track and netting to accommodate multiple and simultaneous activities.



Aug. 23, 2013: Crews with Turner Construction Company began the steel erection process Aug. 23. A large crane was used to install the first beam, as pictured in the far corner of the site in this photo. Photo by Bethany Venable


Aug. 29, 2013: Less than a week after the first beam was put in place, the site of the newly named Walter Fieldhouse looks dramatically different. Photo by Bethany Venable


Sept. 5, 2013: Two cranes assist in the placement of the roof structures. The building is beginning to resemble the artist's rendition posted outside the construction site fencing. Photo by Bethany Venable


Sept. 12, 2013: The roof appears to be nearly halfway done and the cranes have been re-positioned to continue lifting the steel beams into place. Photo by Bethany Venable

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Sept. 27, 2013: Close to all the side structures are up and the roof is nearing completion. From the street, the shape and size of the Walter Fieldhouse can be easily observed by passers-by. Photo by Bethany Venable

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Oct. 2, 2013: The Fieldhouse roof continues to expand. Beneath the structure, a group of Russ College of Engineering and Technology students participate in a hard-hat tour, led by Turner Construction Project Superintendent David Stanton. Photo by Bethany Venable

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Oct. 17, 2013: The sun shines between the beams on the top of the Walter Fieldhouse, but not for long. Sections of the roof are already covering the back portion of the building. Photo by Bethany Venable