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Ribbon cutting ceremony will commemorate the opening of new campus housing

Aug 18, 2006

Ohio Northern University will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony outside the Affinity Housing Complex on August 30 at 11:15 a.m. The ceremony will commemorate the opening of the student housing created in Phase I of ONU’s housing transformation plan.

Construction of Phase I began on September 14, 2005 and consisted of three sections: construction of the Affinity Housing Complex, renovation of the Lima Hall building and construction of new student apartments. The cost of Phase 1 was $24 million, which was made possible through facility revenue bonds through J.P. Morgan Trust Company, in connection with the Ohio Higher Education Facility Commission.

Affinity Housing Complex
A new housing concept, the Affinity Housing Complex consists of a “commons” building and will be surrounded by four residential buildings – adding 160 student rooms. A social area with a meeting space, kitchen and lounge will be attached to each residential building. The four groups living in the Affinity Housing Complex include Honors Program students, women’s wellness, and two sororities, Delta Zeta and Kappa Alpha Theta.

Lima Hall Renovation
The renovation of the Lima Hall complex included three residential halls (Lima, Brookhart and Roberts). Rooms were converted into suites with two single bedrooms, a shared bath and living area.

New student apartments
New student apartments, similar to the existing ones, are now located on the southwest side of campus and will provide housing for an additional 250 students.

Phase II of ONU’s Housing Transformation Plan, expected to commence in 2009 and projected to cost $31 million, will see the renovation of the Founders Hall complex in a fashion similar to the renovation of the Lima Hall complex. Phase III, expected to begin in 2012 and projected to cost $16 million, will see the demolition of Clark Hall and the renovation of Stambaugh Hall, where the current rooms will be turned into studio-style apartments. Between each phase, university officials will review and reevaluate student housing needs.

Corna/Kokosing of Westerville, Ohio will continue to serve as the construction manager. Miller Lecky Architects of Columbus, Ohio, and Collins Gordon Bostwick Architects of Cleveland, Ohio, serve as the architects for the project.

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