Orange traffic barrels, towering cranes and chain link fences continue to adorn Ohio State’s campus as five major summer construction projects- totalling over $576 million- progress on budget and on schedule, except for one, which is currently ahead of schedule, an OSU spokeswoman said.
Below is an update on the five projects including project budgets, time frames for completion and physical changes, per information provided by Administration and Planning spokeswoman Alison Hinkle.
-East Regional Chilled Water Plant:
-Aims to provide chilled water to multiple Academic Core North buildings.
-Phase 1 of the East Regional Chilled Water Plant construction is ahead of schedule and is currently producing chilled water to CBEC and Smith Lab. Phase 2 involves installing three additional chillers, which will provide chilled water to the North Residential District following completion.
-Phase 1 final touches and site restoration should be complete by July, ahead of the original timeline which is slated for a fall 2014 completion date.
-Two chillers were installed and operational by the end of May to feed the new Chemical and Biomedical Engineering and Chemistry Building and Smith Lab.
12th Avenue Garage:
– A new entrance is being built to allow for better circulation through the garage and to ease traffic on 12th Avenue.
-The project remains on schedule for an end-of-July completion within the anticipated budget of $346,000.
-Electrical work was recently completed and grade beam and concrete work is being done now.
-North Residential District Transformation:
The university plans to add 3,200 additional beds through the construction of 11 new buildings on north campus.
-Project is progressing as planned with the Phase 1 buildings set to be complete by summer 2015. The entire project is projected to be complete by fall 2016 and remains on budget for $370 million.
-Five buildings are currently in active construction and building superstructure construction has begun on several buildings.
-Work is progressing on utility infrastructure, as planned for the summer of 2014.
–Chemical and Biomedical Engineering and Chemistry Building (CBEC):
-Summer portion of project aims to provide civic improvements, which include improving things such as sidewalks and road signs.
-Project is on budget for $126.3 million and on schedule to be completed by fall 2014.
-Currently the green space at Smith Green and Hansford Quad is being worked on, including upgrading seating and lighting for the green space.
-North High Street Landscaping:
-Landscaping will be done to the university side of High Street near Woodruff and 17th avenues over the summer and is scheduled for completion by August 2014. It is on budget to cost $3.88 million