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Ohio University Student Housing Utility Infrastructure Improvements

Athens, OH

When Ohio University decided to execute their Student Housing Master Plan, it chose EMH&T to provide professional survey and civil site design for the future buildout in the South Green area of campus. The South Green area brings multiple challenges as it requires building demolition, relocating/vacating utilities, major utility upgrades, surface parking demolition/relocation and a range of unstable subsurface soils. Initially, EMH&T was hired to perform comprehensive site survey/mapping with an emphasis on identifying and validating the locations and capacities of the underground site utilities supporting more than 90 years of development history. In addition, EMH&T worked closely with the university to provide necessary utility infrastructure to accommodate the phased development of their new student housing: 3,200 beds in four buildings over a 10-year period.

EMH&T performed comprehensive site survey/mapping with an emphasis on identifying and validating the locations and capacities of underground site utilities supporting more than 90 years of development history. In addition, EMH&T worked closely with Ohio University to provide the necessary utility infrastructure (gas, chilled water, domestic water, sanitary, storm, electric, cable/fiber/telecom) to accommodate the phased development of this new student housing. While Ohio University moves forward with new student housing facilities over the protracted, phased schedule, EMH&T is charged with minimizing campus disruption, providing a Maintenance Of Traffic (MOT) plan, and ensuring the safety of all students, faculty, administrators and visitors. Through the utilization of permeable pavements, native landscapes, improved stormwater management and other environmentally-friendly site features, EMH&T will work closely with the entire A/E team to achieve a USGBC Silver LEED certification.

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