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Several construction projects are drawing to a close on campus

Six in-progress construction projects are ongoing in academic buildings and other areas throughout the Ohio University main campus.

Some projects are for Copeland Hall, Ellis Hall, Sook Center and Porter Hall. Other projects include the permanent boiler project and the South Green Drive culvert replacement project.

The permanent boiler project replaces the temporary natural gas-fired boilers in the boiler plant. Gregory Robertson, associate vice president for architecture, design and construction, said the project is planned to be completed by June 2018 and has a budget of $17.5 million.

“This project was undertaken to replace two temporary natural gas fired boilers with two permanently installed natural gas fired boilers,” Robertson said in an email. “The new boilers are currently being tested to ensure proper operation.”

The South Green Drive culvert replacement project started nearing completion last week. It’s scheduled to be completed in November after the contractor finishes landscaping and restoring hardscapes. The project has a total budget of $2 million. 

Porter Hall is having emergency masonry repairs to unstable brick on the building. Robertson said the unstable brick would be removed to allow new brick to be put into place.

Porter Hall’s construction project is budgeted at $485,000 and is planned to be completed this fall.

The Copeland Hall construction project is currently in the demolition phase to remove the existing roof. 

It has a budget of $1.2 million and is scheduled to finish by March 2018. Robertson said, however, he expects the new roof to be done before winter.

Caity Stegmaier, a sophomore studying music production, thinks that the construction projects on campus are positive. She said it can be frustrating while walking around campus, though. 

“The Copeland Hall construction is annoying,” Stegmaier said. “I have to cross the street earlier while walking to class.”

Mary Pound, a sophomore studying early childhood education, said the construction doesn’t affect her routes to class.

“The outcome is going to be nice, but I don’t think it should take this long,” Pound said.

The Ellis Hall project is currently in the demolition phase. It is expected to be completed in October 2018 and has a budget of $13 million.

The Sook Center is still on track to be completed in fall 2018 and is budgeted at $7 million, according to a previous Post report.


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