Campus Initiative at Ohio University Incorporates Green Building Designs

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So far, 80% of the waste generated on the construction site has been recycled

Ohio University, Athens, Ohio, April 15, 2015. Image credit: User:Ed!

Over two years in the making, Phase I of Ohio University’s ambitious Housing Development Plan is slated to be complete this summer.

An initiative designed to improve the residential experience and the comprehensive living-learning environment on the Athens Campus, the $110 million project is being constructed on the southern end of campus on the former site of the Wolfe Street Apartments and adjacent lots.

In addition to the four new residence halls, the living/learning center and a central office for Residential Housing, the Phase I site will include faculty-in-residence apartments; multipurpose, classroom, lounge and study areas; energy efficient mechanical and electrical systems; and fully accessible and green building designs.

According to Christine Sheets, assistant vice president for student affairs: “We’re on schedule, within budget, and within scope of the original project.” The project is slated to be completed in July, in time for students to move into the buildings in August. Contractors working on the site have joined Ohio’s commitment to sustainability, and, according to Sheets, around 80% of the waste generated on the construction site has been recycled.

“It’s exciting,” Pete Trentacoste, executive director of Residential Housing, said of the project. “This is such a transformational project for the University and Residential Housing.” The new residence halls will house about 900 students in suite-style living, which, according to Trentacoste, is popular among second-year students.

Trentacoste explains that the new residence halls will house both first- and second-year students, and the first-year students’ response to the suite-style living will help shape Phase II of the University’s Housing Development Plan.

The plan also includes the creation of additional recreational and green spaces. Phase I of the plan includes the development of Phase A of the plan’s “sweep concept,” creating pedestrian pathways and green space that will link the campus’s East and South Greens to its West Green and upper campus.