The Ohio State University

South High Rise Dormitory

Project Overview

Heapy provided the Mechanical-Electrical design for the South High Rise renovation and addition. This project included the renovation of Park, Smith, Steeb, Siebert and Stradley Hall buildings (a total of 600,000 SF) and two, 11-story additions. The project houses 2,483 students with 1,200 rooms.

The LEED Gold project included functional, aesthetic and programmatic improvements to the buildings. Renovations provided conversion of community bathrooms to semi-private bathrooms and public areas with functional and aesthetic improvements.

Green features include high performance windows in the new additions, interior daylighting, and an energy consumption dashboard monitor. Site work included a series of underground rain water retention areas to reduce surface water runoff and the amount of discharge into the city’s storm sewer system.

The project included a geothermal central heating and cooling plant that will eventually grow to serve most of OSU’s south housing. The closed loop geothermal system features 410 wells that are 550’ deep. The central plant provides 3,200 tons of cooling and 40,000 Kbtu/Hr of heating and uses 31% less energy.



600,000 SF


Thought Content

Planning for the New Normal
Plumbing Systems Re-Occupancy and Ongoing Operations

Your building may have been shut down these past many months due to WFH/COVID. Minimal use of your building’s water systems creates stagnant water in your plumbing system piping and equipment, which promotes the growth of Legionella and/or other biofilm-associated bacteria. This places your building occupants at risk when re-occupancy occurs. Now is the time to develop and implement a safe and effective Water Management Plan to protect your building occupants, maximizing their health and safety upon re-occupancy.

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