Oakland Center

Oakland Center, Room 118
312 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4454
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(248) 370-3230

OC Construction

OC Construction

December 15, 2017

Thank you for your patience with our latest update. The month of November brought a lot of excitement that we can now share. On Wednesday, December 13 it was announced that a provider had been signed for the new destination dining in the Winter Garden. That group is Plum Market, who will recreate how people think about eating. Please see the full press release from Oakland University here.

Over the last month construction has also made a lot of progress. The north end is being enclosed, and the exterior stone has been installed. Over the coming few months interior work will continue with anticipated completion in early March. 

Along the south and east of the building the project hit a major progress point with a topping out ceremony, also on Wednesday, December 13. The topping out ceremony is an exciting milestone for a construction project as it signifies the change between building structure completion to the beginning the enclosure and interior finishes phases. 

Over the coming weeks major work will be completed inside the building while traffic is slower, allowing the project to move quickly on items that would otherwise be pushed off until the summer months. The biggest impact will be the closure of the hallway by the Gold Rooms at the north end of the building. Please note that if you are entering the building for a meeting in the Heritage Room or rooms 125-127, or visiting Chartwells, the ID Card Office or Oakland Center Administration, you will need to enter through the northwest doors. If you are visiting the Oakland Center for all other purposes, including the Oakland University Credit Union, Pioneer Food Court, Banquet Room, or anything on the lower level, which includes the Barnes and Noble Bookstore, you must enter using the main entrance at the southwest corner of the building.

October 27, 2017

It has been four weeks since our last update (and we apologize for missing one), and during that time a lot has happened at the OC. 

Outside progress is moving forward at a great pace. On the south end the winter garden is starting to go up, and the size has taken many by surprise. Over the next several weeks the steel along the south and east of the building will make the full shape of the new building, giving everyone a true perspective of the new OC. 

On the north side the exterior of the expansion is being formed, and the interior walls are starting to go up. If you have been in a meeting in one of the north meeting rooms you have also noticed  changes to the temporary walls as work is being done to complete those rooms and get those back to normal size. 

Inside there is great progress being made on restrooms. The lower level restroom that has been offline for a few months now is starting to take shape again after extensive demolition. Above those restrooms on the main level the space has been cleared for the new restrooms, just to the south of the Gold Rooms. 

The Oakland Center would like to thank the nearly 1,000 people who showed up to sign the beam on Thursday, October 26. It was a lot of fun and we cannot wait to put the steel beam in place in November. If you would still like to interact with the Oakland Center renovation and expansion you still have a chance today (Friday, October 27) until 2PM. A lot of sample furniture has been placed inside the main entrance and upstairs by the banquet rooms. We invite everyone to come on by, try out the new furniture, and let us know your thoughts, and remember, the fabric can change, so try to ignore some of that. The link for the survey is on the right side of our homepage, look for the "furniture review" button.

Please follow the OC on Facebook to view updated photos showing construction progress. Check back here every two weeks for updated information regarding the construction progress.

September 29, 2017

The last two weeks have shown great progress for the Oakland Center expansion. While some changes have been taking place inside, the biggest changes are still on the exterior.

On the north end the steel structure is now in place, and the steel deck on the roof is being installed today. In addition, the north meeting rooms inside are inching closer to reopening to their full size once again. A new concrete block wall is being installed from the exterior, and once that is complete a plan will be put into place to finish the interior of each room, which includes the removal of the temporary walls. All of this work will help to maintain more consistent temperatures as the winter months approach. On the south and east the concrete foundation is nearing completion, and steel will start going up along the south end during the second week of October. 

Inside the biggest changes are in the lower level. This past weekend they starting cutting and removing sections of the concrete floor to make way for new foundations. These foundations will support new support beams that will be installed as the building expands to the second floor along the east and south sides of the building. 

Please follow the OC on Facebook to view updated photos showing construction progress. Check back here every two weeks for updated information regarding the construction progress.

September 15, 2017

The Oakland Center has officially welcomed the new academic year, and changes continue to be seen both inside and outside of the building.

Outside the shape of the expansion continues to form. On the north end the elevator shaft is complete and concrete has been poured in anticipation of the arrival of steel. Starting the week of September 18 steel will be installed and will give the Oakland University community the first glimpse of what the shape of the building will look like above the ground. To the south the new elevator shaft continues to grow taller and concrete continues to form the foundation of the new building. The other major change noticeable from outside is the removal of the roof from former fireside lounge. 

Inside there are two highlights. First is that today (September 15, 2017) the Student Technology Center returns to its location in the lower level. Please note that they are limited in space while half of the suite remains under construction. On the first floor new temporary walls are being installed next to the Gold Rooms. This will make way for demolition of the storage space behind the Gold Rooms that will be the new restrooms on the main level. 

We would also like to let everyone know that the Bear Cave is open again this year. While the space has been reduced for the duration of construction, there are still three pool tables, foosball, video games, and food available. 

The Oakland Center staff would like to thank the entire Oakland University community for their patience and cooperation as we work through this large expansion and renovation. 

Please follow the OC on Facebook to view updated photos showing construction progress. Check back here every two weeks for updated information regarding the construction progress.

August 18, 2017

It has been a busy two weeks in the Oakland Center, with flood remediation, office moves, and continuing construction making for a lot of changes.

The aftermath of the flood that impacted the OC on Thursday, August 3 has led to several offices relocating temporarily. The biggest changes in the coming week will include the Center for Student Activities, Student Congress & Student Program Board moving into temporary office trailers on the south end of the building (outside the construction fence) beginning on Monday, August 21. The Student Technology Center continues to operate out of North Foundation Hall.

In addition to office moves there have been some changes to the construction schedule. For the next two weeks the lower level will continue to remain offline between the restrooms and the stairwell near the south-west entrance to the building. During this time floors will be removed and the CSA and Student Technology Center will begin remodels. While the CSA is moving outside of the building for the next few months, the STC plans to move back into a portion of their space by September 5. For those looking for the ticket window when the lower level reopens, that will be available at the Bear Cave equipment checkout desk. 

While everyone has been working diligently to get the OC cleaned up from the flood work has continued with the expansion and renovation. The north end of the building has the majority of concrete poured and steel will be arriving and installation commencing within the next three to four weeks. The south end of the building has also seen concrete being poured, and the foundation of the new expansion is starting to take shape. 

Inside there have been some changes near the former welcome desk location. Temporary walls have been extended to block the old OC Administrative offices and the aforementioned welcome desk has been removed. A temporary welcome desk is currently being setup near the main entrance at the south-west corner of the building. This desk will be fully functional by September 18, and will include the charging station. 

Please follow the OC on Facebook to view updated photos showing construction progress. Check back here every two weeks for updated information regarding the construction progress.

August 7, 2017

The Oakland Center experienced major flooding in the lower level during the evening of Thursday, August 3 as a result of storms that rolled through the area. Impacted areas include the Center for Student Activities, Student Technology Center, Bear Cave, and temporary spaces designed for the Gender and Sexuality Center, Student Congress, and Student Program Board. The flood required the Oakland Center to shut down all power and as a result was forced to close for three days. 

The Oakland Center re-opened for business on Monday, August 7 with most operations up and running. Unfortunately the damage to the aforementioned groups was so extensive that remediation, restoration, and repairs will require some time before those spaces will be available again. At this time new locations are being determined for both short and long term. Please be advised that the lower level is only accessible on the north end. Those requiring access to the lower level who would normally use the elevator should visit room 128 for assistance. 

We apologize for the inconvenience the flood has caused, and we are working diligently to get those areas of the building impacted up and running. Any events planned are all scheduled to proceed as planned as none of those spaces were impacted by the flood.

Check back in two weeks when we return to our normal bi-weekly updates. In the meantime, please follow the OC on Facebook to view updated photos showing construction progress.

July 21, 2017

Construction at the OC continues to progress. Major work has been made both inside and outside the current building. Depending on your location around the building, it is starting to look like an entirely different place.

Starting on the south end of the building, major work is being done outside to prepare for the new foundation. Over the past two weeks not only has the entire south-east entrance gone away, but the stairwell to the lower level has also been removed. As work continues, there is another disruption to traffic flow as well. On the very south-east corner of the construction zone a new fence has gone up along the front side of Kresge Library.

Along the east side there are three major updates. First, the restrooms on the lower level have been taken offline for the foreseeable future. The OC anticipates that these restrooms will not be open during the fall semester as major work is done in and around these spaces. Work in this area has also required Student Congress and the Student Program Board to move to the old TV Lounge on the lower level for the fall semester. Second, concrete is being poured, going up on the wall outside the former fireside lounge, where the patio used to be. And third, the fireplace has been completely removed from the fireside lounge, making way for the construction of the new Oakland University Credit Union and ID Card Office.

Some of the biggest changes are happening to the north, where concrete walls have been taking over the landscape. Two weeks ago we could see the new elevator pit ready to go, and over the past two weeks concrete walls to support the new north meeting rooms have been put into place. This work will continue over the next few weeks.

Please follow the OC on Facebook to view updated photos showing construction progress. Check back here every two weeks for updated information regarding the construction progress.

July 7, 2017

The Oakland Center expansion is two months into construction, and the changes are dramatic. Over the course of the previous 60 days there are many changes to the building, both inside and out.

Inside the OC traffic flows have been altered. Currently only two entrances are available for guests, both on the west side of the building. This change requires those looking to access buildings east of the Oakland Center to travel around the perimeter of the construction zone. In addition, many temporary walls have been constructed to keep guests outside of the interior construction areas. Demolition of areas on the north and east side of the building have been moving along well, in preparation of the new construction in the areas formerly occupied by the Fireside Lounge, Grizz Express, and offices housing the Dean of Students Office and VP for Student Affairs.

Outside the OC the landscape has taken on a large transformation. Sidewalks have been removed, and construction equipment and vehicles can be seen and heard throughout the day. Demolition of the existing building has been the most obvious change, with the southeast entrance now removed, as well as large amounts of glass on both the north and south end of the building. This past week also saw a new concrete walkway created to the southwest of the building, along the construction fence, helping to improve the flow of traffic around the building. A second walkway will be created on the north end in August allowing for improved access to O’Dowd Hall and the east side of campus.

As the project enters the third month the new building is taking form. On the north end new concrete walls are being poured outside the Bookstore on the lower level, in addition to the construction of the new elevator that will be inside the new north entrance. To the south, digging has commenced to allow the new foundation to take shape, giving us a glimpse of what the new footprint of the building will look like.

Please follow the OC on Facebook to view updated photos showing construction progress. Check back here every two weeks for updated information regarding the construction progress.