OSU Construction Update: New Arena, Cannon Drive Relocation and More
Construction never stops on Ohio State University’s main campus. Here’s an update on some of the latest projects.
Construction of the Covelli Center began in July and is scheduled to be finished in May of 2019. Although the arena was originally planned for the corner of Fred Taylor Drive and Ackerman Road, its new location is just north of Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
The project also now includes the Jennings Wrestling Facility – OSU’s plans originally called for two separate buildings, but they were combined to cut costs. Housed in the new facility will be the men’s and women’s volleyball and gymnastics teams as well as the fencing and wrestling programs.
The new location required the demolition of six buildings in the family-oriented Buckeye Village apartment complex. OSU had sought proposals in January to develop a 10-acre site on Kenny Road meant to at least partially replace the Buckeye Village units, but a developer has yet to be selected and an OSU spokesperson was not able to provide an update on the current status of the project.
Work has started on the Cannon Drive relocation. The first phase of the project, which will both straighten and raise Cannon from King Ave to Herrick Drive, and also open up about 12 acres of land for new buildings, started earlier this month and will continue through the fall of 2019. Visit OSU’s website for the latest updates on traffic, bus route and parking impacts.
Design Group has been selected as the architect of a major redesign of Postle Hall, which sits at the corner of West 12th and Neil Avenues. Daniel Hedman of OSU’s Office of Administration and Planning said that the project will incorporate a renovation of part of the existing building as well as a new four-story addition that would face Neil.
“The new building design features classic brick facade and limestone accents,” he said. “Timelines and full details will be further informed during the design phase.”
Renderings provided by The Ohio State University.