Several residence halls on South Green were demolished over the summer, and progress was made for the construction of the new Clippinger chemistry and Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine buildings.
Smith House, Atkinson House and Armbruster House were demolished over the summer break, marking the latest round of demolitions in recent years set out in the same master plan for housing renewal.
The $2.1 million demolition was part of the first phase of the master plan that included construction of the new South Green buildings — Tanaka, Sowle, Luchs and Carr — which replaced the bed spaces that disappeared with the demolition.
Construction of the new Clippinger chemistry building continued over the summer. Construction is expected to be completed by next June, Steve Wood, chief facilities management officer, said in an email. The new building is estimated to cost about $42.6 million and will feature new research and instructional labs, as well as offices for faculty and graduate students.
The university began construction on the new HCOM building on Union Street in May, which is estimated to cost about $65 million. The foundation is currently being laid and the building is expected to be finished by next November.
The renovation of Buildings 13, 14 and 18 at The Ridges also carried on over the summer, which included improvements made to the building's mechanical, electrical and technology systems. The interiors of the buildings were also renovated to prepare them for new occupants, including the Ohio University Police Department.
Other projects completed over the summer include masonry repairs done at James Hall, heating and cooling upgrades done in Sargent Hall, infrastructure improvements at Bromley Hall and renovations made to the lobby in Ryors Hall.