Fall 2013
Winning Big: Stuyvesant Hall Takes Home The Preservation Merit Award

Ohio Wesleyan University, Schooley Caldwell Associates and Lincoln Construction were awarded the Preservation Merit Award for excellence in restoration of Stuyvesant Hall by The Ohio Historic Preservation Office of the Ohio Historical Society.
When it opened in 1931, Stuyvesant Hall was the premier residence hall and a landmark building on the Ohio Wesleyan University campus.  More than 80 years later, the building was showing its age and in need of repairs.
After nearly 15 months of construction, the 74,000 square foot renovation of Stuyvesant Hall was completed.  The project renovated 243 student rooms and added several gathering spaces on each floor for students to interact and study together.  From the “Smoker” room which includes a refurbished stage for student activities and entertainment, to the new campus health center in the north wing, Stuyvesant Hall is now able to offer amenities to every student, not just its residents.  Other aspects of the renovation included energy-efficient heating, cooling and lighting systems, ceramic and terrazzo tile flooring made with recycled glass, new energy-efficient windows, an updated kitchen area and a Starbucks.  Also notable, the bell tower that adorns the Georgian Revival Style building was refurbished and the long-silent chimes that used to announce the start of class across campus were brought back to life.  The fully-renovated and restored Stuyvesant Hall is again a shining gem on OWU’s campus.
Stuyvesant Hall is one of 11 OWU buildings on the National Register of Historic Places.  The building is also registered with the U.S. Green Building Council who awards Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) certification.
Given annually since 1983,the Preservation Merit Award recognizes achievements in the historic preservation of Ohio’s prehistory, history, architecture or culture.  Candidates for this award are selected based on nominations from people throughout the state of Ohio.  Eligible activities include, but are not limited to, restoring, rehabilitating or otherwise preserving an important building or site, longtime stewardship of a property, promoting protective legislation, funding preservation projects, offering leadership, support or service and furthering preservation at the local, regional or state level. 
This was an exceptional project for everyone involved and we are proud of the work completed at Stuyvesant Hall.


For more information contact:
Andrea Schmitt

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