Ohio University

Nelson Commons

Project Overview

Heapy provided Mechanical-Electrical design, Commissioning and LEED Program Management for the 151,058 SF Ohio University Nelson Commons. The project included a master plan to address the future needs of the university.  Building organization, serving, kitchen support, and interiors were upgraded.  The building remained occupied during the renovation.

The main improvements to the Student Dining experience allows for multiple venues with exhibition serving areas with five concepts including a Salad Bar, All day Breakfast, Barbecue, Italian and Asian Fusion.  A grab-n-go area was strategically located for students on the go, as well as a highly visible retail store.  The new dining hall seats 850 students.

The new entry draws students in and features a large 2-story space with sky-light atrium allowing them to go to the retail store, dining or café.  A small cafe with natural lighting and a pub-like atmosphere is included as well.  The Banquet space was developed as a secondary function to the building and has easy access to the main kitchen area, dishwashing and storage. The back of the house Kitchen area, storage, and work space were minimally adjusted to support the newly developed spaces.

This project included the renovation and construction of four (4) new air handling units, sized to provide all areas of the building with comfort control while maintaining required make up air and pressure control integrated with 13 modulating kitchen hood exhaust systems.

MEP, fire protection and technology systems were upgraded.

This project is an energy-efficient building with ‘Silver” Level certification through the LEED process through USGBC.

The project had a total construction cost of $8,700,000.


151,058 SF


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