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Miami Makeover means progress, new buildings, temporarily altered routes


Next Monday, May 9, significant construction and renovation projects begin on Miami's Oxford campus. Most projects are part of a master plan to upgrade the amenities, safety and capacity of Miami's housing and dining facilities, and include new construction and renovations. In addition, while less visible work within utility service tunnels has begun for the new Armstrong Student Center on Spring Street, above-ground work begins this summer.

The plan, dubbed “Miami Makeover” by a cross-campus team of representatives, includes four new residence halls and two new food service facilities opening by 2013 and renovation of every residence hall, with the exception of Heritage Commons apartments, in the next 20 years. Details below cover the first five years of the plan, as well as immediate work that will be under way this summer.


In order for crews to renovate and build, pedestrian and auto routes will be disrupted for various lengths of time. The university will try to keep the community updated on those route disruptions in order to reduce inconvenience.

These communications are planned:

  • The construction updates website will have an overview of 2011 construction and maps showing affected roads and sidewalks.
  • Weekly significant construction updates, already emailed to building points-of-contact, will appear in the Friday e-Reports this summer in the right column. They are also posted on the primary PFD website, in the middle column under Projects.
  • Street signs will be erected at significant sites to alert visitors to the progress under way.
  • Project managers and others in physical facilities are meeting biweekly with representatives of offices such as admission, orientation, residence life and others, in order to coordinate people, events and construction logistics.

These activities will begin this month; some will affect movement on campus:
  • Irvin Drive will be closed to through traffic May 9-Aug. 15 for renovation to Stoddard and Elliott Halls. Access from Spring Street will be available for the accessible parking spaces along the west side of Irvin Hall, however, there will be no turn around. Access from High Street will be allowed for deliveries and service vehicles only. Access to Harrison Hall for service vehicles and Rumpke will be provided through gates from High Street.
  • Spring Street between Patterson and Maple will be closed for a three-week period between June 20 and July 22 to replace a steam line to the Shriver Center. The street will be open for Alumni Weekend.
  • Marcum Conference Center renovation begins May 16. This is not anticipated to affect traffic. Existing guest rooms will be available until Nov. 1.
  • A steam line replacement to Hughes Hall will close a small sidewalk section May 9-Aug. 12.

Other summer work, including replacing all student resident hall room door locks with secure smart card technology, upgrading the elevator, serving line and HVAC at Harris Dining Hall, installing electrical and fire suppression upgrades to some residence halls and lab renovations in Hughes and Upham will be contained to the pertinent locations.


The plan was developed through consultation with outside agencies, extensive planning and discussion among physical facilities, housing dining, recreation and business services (HDRBS) and academic, administrative and residential life committees over the last two years. Surveys were also emailed to a random sample of students and parents. These communications followed an internal study begun in 2006 focusing on improving the residential experience for students and forecasting the university’s long-range housing and dining needs in regard to meeting national standards and continuing to attract students. Considerations include Miami’s sophomore residence requirement and the need for swing space during residence hall renovations.

Miami University houses approximately 7,100 undergraduate students in 41 buildings distributed over the main Miami and the former Western campuses. These buildings range from Elliott Hall, built in 1829, to the Heritage Commons apartments completed in 2005. The majority of the residence halls at Miami are more than 40 years old.

Although such renovation and construction in this Miami Makeover is a fluid and dynamic process, the master plan will serve as the basis and benchmark for future Miami University housing and dining development strategies.


Phase one of the plan involves new construction of halls with open-suite rooms holding 1,099 beds and two new dining halls. These will be on Western campus and adjacent to the MET (Morris, Emerson and Tappan) quad. Renovation in phase one will improve rooms for 2,100 students and Martin Dining Hall.

The number of beds on campus will remain approximately the same at the conclusion of the master plan. When complete, there will be more square footage per student in the residence halls and some existing residence halls will come off-line.

Most renovations will replace windows, install fire suppression, update building systems (heating, cooling, electrical, plumbing and lighting) update finishes and increase accessibility.

As planners have designed with LEED certification goals for all new buildings, efficiencies are expected in future utility use.


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