The Housing Development Plan - Phase 1 began in May 2013 as part of a larger Housing Master Plan for East and South Greens. Phase 1 of this plan will consist of new construction on the site where Wolfe Street Apartments once stood- north of the Ping Center between Adams Hall and Clippinger Laboratories. this site will be home to four new residence halls housing more than 900 residents, a central learning commons and central office facility for Residential Housing.
These new residence halls will incorporate suite-style living, similar to that of Adams Hall with study areas, seminar rooms, and shorter hallways where students can mix their academic, recreation and social lives.
The overall Housing Development Plan will transform both East and South greens, address a significant backlog of deferred maintenance in older facilities, provide more marketable residential living environments, and update the residential campuses' overall utility infrastructure. The renovation and new construction will include the demolition of all South Green residence halls except Adams, MacKinnon, Brown, Pickering and Crawford Halls (front four).
The construction, a $110 million cost, will be financed with $100 million in debt and $10 million from Residential Housing's reserves. This project is scheduled for completion in August 2015 and will open to new and returning students the Fall Semester of 2015.
Start: May 2013
Finish: August 2015
Project Budget: $110 million
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Are there plans to renovate the front four?
Yes. All residence halls on the East and South Greens will be evaluated and prioritized for renovations. Ohio University representatives and the Housing Development Plan Architectural and Engineering Firm, URS will review the schedule, building needs, and utility infrastructure to determine the best renovation sequence over the next 12-24 months.
How are you incorporating storage space, meeting space, and lounge areas more into the halls?
General usage/open public space is allocated within a residence hall based on the total occupancy and square foot average per resident. This varies in a residence hall renovation due to the building footprint limitation and overall available space. Each renovation plans for at least a 10% occupancy loss due to modifying existing rooms to more marketable room sizes and/or converting rooms and other spaces to public spaces such as classrooms, lounges, and study rooms, etc. This translates into appropriate combination levels of general space throughout any residence hall on each floor.
How will meeting and lounge space be better incorporated into the new residence halls?
New and renovated residence halls will provide ample amount of study space in the community. At least two on each floor will be provided with diverse amenities. A combination of space that supports individual and group study space will be planned. The study rooms will include furniture that allows for the use of laptops and also supports larger student projects. These rooms should also provide white boards for student use or other shared support tools.
The new residence halls for Phase I of the Housing Development Plan will incorporate a comprehensive plan to provide appropriate classrooms, lounges and study rooms. In addition, this new complex will include two shared multi-purpose spaces and a learning commons central to the entire complex.
Will there be recreation space in the halls?
Recreational space will be limited within the residence halls. Basic amenities will include open program space and shared lounges available for programming.
Will the new halls still have the historical integrity of South, such as catwalks etc.?
Similar to existing residence halls---the exterior of the new buildings will maintain the Georgian style of campus buildings. The buildings should have their own unique look, but should also match in style to provide an external sense of belonging to the campus and residential connections.
Will catwalks be planned as part of any future building or green design?
No. Phase I of the Housing Development Plan will be construction above the flood plain but will not require catwalks and will not include garages below the structures.
What will happen to the names of the old halls, and are the people notified of the destruction?
Further discussion will be required to evaluate the naming of the five new structures as part of the Housing Development Plan. Internal policy and procedures will be resourced to determine the most appropriate strategy in preserving the past and recognizing the future naming of these residence halls and learning commons.
What possible events will be held at the gazebo/open pavilion?
A gazebo /open pavilion has tentatively been reviewed as part of the overall planning for the next 6-10 years. This gazebo /open pavilion will host events planned and coordinated by the Campus Involvement Center and Residential Housing as well as other student organizations. The gazebo /open pavilion will be planned with key amenities to support such outdoor events (electrical outlets and capacity, stage, etc.). Events will range from bands, speakers, recreational activities, and many others to be reviewed and approved.
How will accessibility be planned in and around the news halls?
Accessibility will be on the forefront of all building, green space, pedestrian walkways, parking lots, and roadways. Representatives from Disability Services have been involved in key planning meetings with our design teams.
Will handicap parking be located in areas close to buildings?
Yes. A full parking replacement and design plan have been reviewed by Parking Services and the Parking and Transportation Committee to review the parking replacement strategy and to make recommendations for replacement parking, ADA parking, and lot assignments. A full plan has been developed and will be transitioned over the next several years as part of this project.