OSU Geothermal Project Moving Ahead

The five Ohio State University high-rises that will be receiving geothermal heating and cooling systems are scheduled to reopen on time, despite a snag in the South Campus well drilling that prompted the university to negotiate for a new subcontractor. “It does not delay the opening of the buildings,” said Scott Conlon, director of projects for Ohio State’s facilities design and construction. Park and Stradley halls are scheduled to reopen for fall semester. Smith, Steeb and Siebert halls are planned to reopen for fall 2013. The change in plans, however, will delay the reopening of the South Oval, Conlon said. It could open as late as eight months behind schedule, in October 2013.