Students move to the North Residential District – La Lanterne
Greeted by blaring pop music, student move-in aids and caffeine resident advisers – at 8 a.m., no less – the students moved into the newly completed residential north on Saturday.
The new complex of residences and green spaces means a net increase of 3,200 beds over the old structures, said Dave Isaacs, spokesperson for the Office of Student Life. The eight new university residences are complemented by a dining room and a gym.
The total cost of the project, construction of which began in the summer of 2013, was $ 370 million.
The increase in beds comes as, for the first time in Ohio State history, freshmen and sophomores are required to live on campus as part of the sophomore transformational experience program . There are now around 14,000 students living on campus, up from 11,000 last year.
Despite the increase in the number of students needing to move in, Isaacs said the process went smoothly minus a break that had to be taken into account for inclement weather.
Isaacs said his favorite part of the newly completed project was meeting the needs and expectations of space students. He said the university used the research to find out how and where students liked to study and meet.
“So you can study, with your headphones on, on your own, but in a room full of people, to keep the social aspect,” Isaacs said of the design of some of the study rooms.
Isaacs said the deliberate design was an integral part of the whole project.
“Everything was designed to feel like a community,” Isaacs said, as opposed to just a cluster of buildings.
Jesse Wildman, a second year in marketing, agreed.
“It’s like walking around a town or a neighborhood,” said Wildman, who lived in the Norton House residence last year and now lives in Bowen House.
Brianna Wagner, a second year in chemical engineering, said she liked her accommodation more this year than when she lived on the south campus in first year.
“I feel like everything (you need) is everything here,” said Wagner, who lives at Blackburn House. “I also really like the green space.
Isaacs said 422 trees and more than 4,000 shrubs contributed to a 157 percent increase in green space from before construction began.
Some of the students were greeted on Saturday by Charles and Joyce Busch, parents of Jon Busch, the namesake of the new Busch House residence. Jon was a former OSU student who died during the Vietnam War. Busch House follows the academic tradition of naming the residences on the North Campus after veterans.
“I got an email about a year and a half ago… saying, ‘We would like to name (Jon) a house,’” said Charles Busch. “And I thought they were talking about a literal house.”
Instead, they got a seven-story residence that houses 465 students.
“We couldn’t imagine anything like it,” said Joyce Busch. “It’s nice.”
The Busch family said they were grateful the memory of Jon Busch was preserved.
“It’s vital,” Joyce Busch said. “The students will go here… It kind of fills that void,” left by the death of Jon Busch.
The room hosts photos and medals from Jon Busch’s time in the military, which the family hoped to educate young people about.
“Otherwise, all of the things on display here would just be in someone’s attic,” Charles Busch said.