Residence Hall Groundbreaking: Thursday, September 1
NEWARK, Ohio, August 25, 2016 – A ceremonial groundbreaking ceremony will be held for the new 40,000 square foot Newark campus residence hall on Thursday, September 1 at 10 a.m. The groundbreaking will take place near the construction site which is located behind the current residence hall. The $12.9 million project is being 100% funded by The Ohio State University.
“It will be four stories with 120 student beds,” said Superintendent of Facilities and Operations Brian Boehmer. “The new building is being constructed to the east of the existing residence halls.”
The first floor of the building will have a student lounge, a kitchen, a laundry area, a 300-person event space, offices and a residence director apartment. The second through fourth floors have 21 rooms on each floor with one room for a resident assistant, a floor lounge, a small lounge, two small seating areas and two sets of restrooms.
“The building will have a brick façade,” said Boehmer. “The project will include a new pedestrian walking path that will link the campus core with the residential district.”
Construction of the project is expected to be completed in July 2017, just in time for the start of autumn semester 2017.
“The new residence hall will make it where we have 300 beds for students to live on campus,” said Ohio State Newark Dean/Director William L. MacDonald. “We currently have a waiting list for our residence halls. This will alleviate some of those issues and continue the growth of the campus experience at Ohio State Newark.”
The campus is seeking a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. The architect of record is DesignGroup of Columbus, and the construction manager is Whiting-Turner also of Columbus.
A web camera is live streaming the entire construction of the residence hall on the Ohio State Newark website so future students can watch the construction of their new home at http://newark.osu.edu/live-camera.html.
“As students start to see this residence hall take shape, they will be more and more excited to begin on the Newark campus,” said MacDonald. “It’s an exciting time to be on the Newark campus.”
The Ohio State University at Newark offers an academic environment that’s challenging but supportive with world-renowned professors and access to Ohio State’s more than 200 majors. It’s where learning comes to life. Research, study abroad and service learning opportunities prepare students for their careers in ways they never expected.