Tower Industries was chosen by Ohio State University to supply natural quartz bathroom vanity countertops, and Meridian Solid Surface shower bases and wall systems as part of the North Residential District Transformation project. In efforts to improve standards of living for students and help strengthen the sense of community on campus, the project adds eight new residence halls and 3,858 beds to the North Campus Residential District. Both sophomores and freshman will now be required to live on campus – something that wasn’t possible previously due to space constraints and aging facilities. The North Residential District Transformation aims to transform the student experience, and includes new residential buildings, dining centers, a fitness center, outdoor residential spaces, and public gathering spaces.
Todd Werstler, CEO of Tower Industries spoke of the renovations with pride, “We are entirely honored to be part of a project of this size. We were chosen by the architects and school as the product of choice. They used our shower system as the base for the project. Having experience with our product on campus, they wanted to continue that through the new construction phase. We were also the best value, or else we wouldn’t have won the project during the bidding war. We delivered the best price on the best product for what may be the largest school owned student housing project ever in the United States.”
The new bathrooms are being constructed using solid surface showers – which is a win for both students and the university. Unlike tile, solid surface comes without waterproofing issues and isn’t susceptible to growth of mold, mildew, and bacteria.
Todd Werstler explains why more colleges and universities are making the switch to solid surface: “Architects love solid surface because it’s sanitary, non-porous, and the one piece panels are both easy to clean and install. Schools love the low maintenance cost, and the cost of ownership of the product over the time.”
Tower Industries will be working with the Ohio-based Messer Construction Co, and the HKS Architects design team. The team was chosen after competitive bidding and review processes. OSU now estimates that that this intense process resulted in a savings of $26 million, bringing the project budget to $370 million.
“When the university with the largest student population on campus says ‘we want you’, it says a lot about us.”
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