OU Buildings Need Millions In Work

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A consulting firm says Ohio University has a deferred maintenance backlog of $355 million.

The report – released to the trustees yesterday – is from Sightlines and pertains to the condition and maintenance of buildings on the Athens campus.

Sightlines recommends the University make investments to renovate current structures as well as increase the amount of money spent annually on day-to-day maintenance.

The idea is to prevent increased operational problems and costs over time.

Sightlines says last year, OU should have spent about $7 million more than it did for improvements.

University officials continue to work on an affordable capital improvement plan.

The trustees did take action yesterday on three projects.

They authorized construction contracts for Athena Theatre classroom renovations and the second phase of improvements to the Central Food Facility and Southern campus entrance improvements.