Demolition, construction of new residence halls to begin
Things are going to start changing quickly for BGSU's Bowling Green campus, with the arrival of heavy equipment and construction fences.
In preparation for the construction of two new residence halls, demolition of Rodgers Quadrangle and two former fraternity houses--Sigma Phi Epsilon and Phi Kappa Tau--is scheduled to begin as soon as Friday (Feb. 19). They will make way for the new "South Central Hall," scheduled to open in fall 2011.
A closing ceremony for Rodgers will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Feb. 27 in the Commons Dining Hall. Memorabilia displays, a slideshow and other commemorative activities will be part of the event.
The second new residence, "Northwest Hall," will be located north of Offenhauer where parking lots 7 and 8 are now. Construction of Northwest Hall will begin in April.
Each of the new halls, which have not yet been officially named, will have about 664 beds in both single and double rooms.
In the meantime, it's going to get noisy for a while. Demolition of Rodgers and the fraternities should be completed by early April, and construction on the site will begin immediately afterward. Because of the pressing construction schedules, contractors will be working on the two sites daily from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
The demolition phase is the noisiest. The University regrets any disruption this may cause and asks for the patience of faculty, students and staff who must work in the area. The noise should decrease significantly once construction begins.
For the duration of the Rodgers project, the road between Rodgers and the Greek housing units and the adjacent parking spaces (Lot D and motorcycle parking area 8 to the west and the metered spaces to the east) will be closed from today (Feb. 16) until August 2011.
In order to build the Northwest hall, commuter lots 7 and 8 will close in April and the parking spaces relocated elsewhere on campus.
East Merry Street between Offenhauer and the construction site will be remain open.
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Presidents' Day was a great success
Despite the wintry weather, more than 5,000 visitors came to campus yesterday for our annual Presidents' Day event, including a record number of high school juniors. With campus visits already up almost 30 percent going into Presidents' Day, maintaining historic Presidents' Day attendance numbers was remarkable.
More than 95 departments and programs held open houses, and all prospective students were invited to attend any of 250 classes that were made available to visitors on Monday.
Thanks to all who welcomed our visitors and made Presidents' Day at BGSU such a resounding success!
STEM and STEM-education faculty, staff urged to attend conference
Registration for the first Ohio STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) Conference, slated for March 2 at the Center of Science and Industry (COSI) in Columbus, closes Feb. 19. The conference will kick off Ohio's month-long celebration of STEM education in March.
The purpose of the conference is to create a statewide forum to communicate Ohio's vision and key messages about STEM education.