Personal  Photos  of  Ohio  University's new

Student  Center


For decades Baker Center has served as OU's  Student Center, housing the Student Senate, student newspaper and other related offices. 

On January 2007 a new Baker Student Center will open a block South of  the former Center, bearing the same name.  The new Center is located on the far South end of Court street.  Its foundation three stories below along Oxbow Drive (near Byrd Arena). 

billboard showing Center's  Court Street elevation


.....April 26,2005  the steel skeleton is complete and a roof  is installed

Standing is Scripps Hall's parking lot, looking Southwest.

The steel frame indicates the basic outline of the future building.

The rotunda is a prominent feature of the Court Street elevation.

A stairway winds up from the rotunda.

The East end and the West end of this elevation.

Workers weld corrugated steel panels to the roof beams.

The utilities enter through a tunnel.


.....Jan.26,2005  steel rises and concrete is poured

A high crane prepares to unload another shipment of steel for a semi, near the construction trailers.

Concrete is pumped by a special truck onto the third floor where workers smooth it.

A steel worker sets on a beam, attaching new steel. 

Plastic walls shield workers from the cold weather.

A crane removed forms from the East side.  Alden Library in the distance. 

Workers prepare forms on the North side for a future concrete pour.

The North entrance from Court street begins to take shape.

A track-hoe sets atop soil along Court street.

Looking South on Court street, beside Scripps Hall.


...March 2003 - prior to construction

Above thumbnail photo (click to enlarge) was taken prior to the construction began.  This view is looking West towards the Richland Avenue bridge.

Looking Northwest near the Aquatic Center from Emeritus Park towards the future site.

Looking across Oxbow Drive at the foot bridge leading to an access road (former railroad tracks).

Looking North by the Richland avenue bridge towards the new Bentley Hall Annex.