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Miami Makeover: More projects get under way

07/23/2012

Construction continues on the Armstrong Student Center.
Summer at Miami University means more construction as the master plan to upgrade the amenities, safety and capacity of Miami's housing and dining facilities continues.

This “Miami Makeover” includes four new residence halls and two new food service facilities, and renovation of every residence hall, with the exception of Heritage Commons apartments, within the next 20 years.

Click here to view a copy of the Housing Master Plan.

This year there are four new residence halls with open-suite plans holding about 1,100 beds and two new dining halls. Three will be on Western campus and one will join the MET (Morris, Emerson and Tappan) quad. Another joint housing and dining hall, Maplestreet Station, is well under way between the MET quad and the Performing Arts Center.

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. Renovations this year will improve rooms for 2,500 students and Martin Dining Hall.

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

The physical facilities department has set a goal of LEED silver certification for all new buildings with efficiencies expected in future utility use.

Other enhancements and new projects include:

Armstrong Student Center
Most of the footings, foundations and grade beams have been installed for the project. The structure for the new second and third floors is being erected. The mechanical, electrical plumbing HVAC and fire protection and controls systems are being installed. New wall systems, track and studs are being framed in Gaskill Hall. The service ramp to the loading dock is being installed on the north side of Culler Hall, including new retaining walls.
Click here for a slide show of construction progress.

Bishop Hall
The Bishop Hall renovation is part of phase 1 of the Student Housing Long Range Master Plan. The project reconfigures space vacated by the honors program to serve as community space for the students, and includes upgrades to the HVAC, electrical, plumbing and IT systems, as well as interior finishes and furniture, fixtures and equipment.

Cook Field
Renovations to Cook Field will improve use and playability of the university’s major recreational sports playing field. More than 7,500 students participated in intramural sports during the 2011-2012 school year. Renovations include: adding irrigation along with storm water retention for its water source; planting new natural sports turf on the south half of the field; and installing a synthetic turf surface on the north half of the field. Other improvements include: improving under-field storm drainage; repaving the running track around the field; replacing softball backstops; adding a restroom and storage facility; and reworking parking around Cook Field to enhance pedestrian access and improve vehicular safety.

Equestrian Center
Phase 1 of this project will provide a large fill area to create a properly graded and drained plateau out of the flood plain, and properly grade, drain and configure to permit full use of the center and to accommodate expanded barns, riding arenas and future development.

Maplestreet Station – New dining & residence hall
The 500-seat dining facility will replace the Hamilton and Scott dining halls, with additional capacity to handle the planned expansion of residential units at the Morris, Emerson, Tappan (MET) quad. Maplestreet Station will feature seven restaurants with unique menus, design themes, and interior and exterior café seating. The second floor includes 90 beds divided into three open suites. Mass excavation is complete. Steel erection is ongoing. Crews are back filling and waterproofing basement concrete walls. The south courtyard of the Center for Performing Arts is now closed through until Aug. 15 for the renovation of the courtyard.

Miami Inn
Renovations are under way to the Miami Inn, which will become a residence hall. Work to all guest rooms, back-of-the-house service areas and the conference rooms is ongoing. The facility will feature a residence life staff apartment, study lounge, storage areas and a recreation room.

Marcum Conference Center
Finishing touches to the newly renovated Marcum Conference Center are ongoing as this project consolidated university hosting and conferencing under one roof, enhancing operational efficiency. The project included two-story additions to both wings of the existing Marcum Center, adding 24 new guest rooms and renovating existing rooms creating some larger suites. An electric car charging station was installed in the parking lot.

Western Campus residence halls
This project will create three new residence halls opening in 2014 on the north end of the Western campus. These residence halls are being designed with a focus on the second year student experience. A new geothermal energy plant with a first phase of 315 wells will supply geothermal heating/cooling Next to the wells will be a 1.77-acre pond for storm water control and irrigation. The residence halls will be equipped with about 720 beds. A dining center with diverse healthy eating options and green-roof technology will compliment the natural setting with outdoor seating. Work is under way for new infrastructure and site utilities for all new Western campus buildings.

Access to all current buildings will be maintained. Pedestrians from Western facilities must take the walk southwest of Mary Lyon toward Presser Hall or Patterson Place. A section of Western Drive will be closed until July 2014. Patterson Place and Bachelor Hall will continue to be accessed by the northern Western Drive entrance (across from Shriver Center). All other traffic must enter Western Drive at the south end, by the Miami University Art Museum.

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