Wonder what all of those holes are on the South Oval? Interested in learning about what’s coming up in the North District? The “What’s Growing On” website is dedicated to providing the Ohio State community with updates on major construction projects happening in and around students’ residential areas.


South High-Rises

South High-Rises Renovation and Addition, completed Fall 2013

This project renovated Park, Stradley, Smith, Steeb and Siebert Halls, while also constructing new building additions between Park-Stradley and Smith-Steeb. The two additions added 380 new beds, bringing the total to over 2,480 beds in the 5 buildings, and created new lobby and common space for students residing in the building. The renovations included the addition of air conditioning and a complete renovation of the bathrooms and student rooms.

Geothermal Wells

Geothermal Wells

Geothermal well systems were completed as part of the South High-Rises Renovation & Addition and the Residence on Tenth projects. The well system for the South High-Rises includes 411 wells drilled to a depth of 550 feet in the South Oval and South Lawn. There are an additional 50 wells drilled to a depth of 500 feet south of the 11th Avenue Parking Garage that serve the Residence on Tenth. It is estimated that the geothermal system will provide an average of over 30% of the heating and cooling for the south district residence halls.

Residence on Tenth

Residence on Tenth, completed August 2012

This project is a six story residence hall that provides suite style living, with 6 students per suite. It also provides 7 staff apartments at street level, indoor bicycle storage, a student lounge area that connects to an outdoor patio and green space and an abundance of common space for the students residing in the building.