Construction is in the home stretch as the Peter B. Lewis Gateway Center inches closer to completion.
While still edged by a moat of gravel and mud, many projects are substantially complete, such as the Birenbaum Innovation and Performance Space, admissions office, the 1833 Restaurant, and StudiOC.
The Hotel at Oberlin, which anchors the Gateway Center, serves as the cornerstone of Oberlin’s Green Arts District, a partnership between the city and Oberlin College to create a thriving, sustainable, and environmentally friendly community.
“Guests have been loving the eco-friendliness,” said hotel manager Erica Todhunter. The 70-room inn boasts the highest energy efficiency certification, reflecting Oberlin College’s commitment to sustainability.
Miscellaneous punch-list items will be completed during the next several months and landscaping is anticipated to be completed by the end of August, said Scott Wargo, the college’s media relations director. The list includes bike racks, Todhunter said.
“My job is to take care of the guests, so it’s always a nice surprise to look outside and see new additions and progress being made,” she said.
Next door, a massive renovation of Hall Auditorium, which includes the addition of a new theater space, is expected to be complete by August 2018.
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