OU Trustees To Vote On Construction Totaling More Than $21 Million

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Members of the Ohio University administration have asked the OU board of trustees to give the university the green-light to pursue four new construction projects totaling more than $21 million.

Harry Wyatt, associate vice president of OU facilities, addressed the board on Thursday at Walter Hall in the resources committee meeting, where he explained the university's plans to rehabilitate Galbreath Chapel, upgrade two residence halls and renovate the OU Central Food Facility.

Galbreath Chapel, which was taken offline last spring as a result of roof leaks that caused plaster to fall, is slated to undergo a comprehensive rehabilitation that includes roof and electrical repairs, and the addition of an elevator.

Wyatt said the original structure, built in 1957, was unsafe and did not meet American Disability Act requirements.

"It [will be] a limited services elevator, but this way somebody can actually have a wedding in the building and have family members participate fully in that," said Wyatt.

The project is expected to cost $1.25 million, of which the university will fund $1 million with bonds, $100,000 from reserve funds and $150,000 from state capital appropriations.

Bush Hall, a residence hall located on the East Green of the Athens campus, is expected to undergo a $11.5 million renovation. Wyatt said the updated dormitory will provide for 104 beds and will include a multipurpose center and elevator for accessibility. 

The project will be fully funded by OU's residential housing auxiliary reserve.

Bromley Hall, which has been through several phases of infrastructure improvements since 2000, will be rehabilitated once again, as Wyatt said the university plans to renovate all student rooms and bathrooms. The rehabilitation will also include window replacement, plumbing, lighting and case work.

It's budget at $6 million dollars, which will also be funded by the residential housing axillary reserve.

Wyatt also discussed plans to continue renovation of the university's central culinary services building on Shafer Street. In phase three of the four-phase project, OU will renovate the bakery and storage areas of the facility.

The $2.5 million project will be funded by the university's culinary services axillary reserve.

The board will formally meet on Friday, where they decide if they university can proceed with these projects.