Citizens For A Better Norwood

Monday, September 08, 2008

Demolition for Xavier’s Hoff Academic Quad begins today

Today at 11:00 a.m., Messer Construction will begin demolition of a number of houses along Ledgewood Drive and Dana Avenue, and a Cincinnati Bell structure. No auto traffic will be affected, as all work will occur behind a fenced area. Pedestrian traffic is restricted in the immediate area and parking along Ledgewood is not allowed. Demolition will begin at the Bellarmine Circle end of the street.

Xavier’s Associate Vice President for Facilities Management Bob Sheeran says about 60,000 yards of earth will be moved during the Quad project. “We’re going to be partnering with the [Cincinnati] Park Board and take some of that dirt to Owl’s Nest Park,” says Sheeran. “They will use about half the dirt.”

Additionally, about 75% of the material from the demolition will also be recycled. That includes concrete, bricks, and materials from retaining walls, parking lots and driveways. This continues a practice which saw 90% of the material from the demolition of structures on the nearby Xavier Square site recycled. “All the steel was sent to AK Steel in Middletown,” Sheeran says. “A lot of the electrical equipment was salvaged by another company from Lexington.”

Wooden Nickel, a local architectural salvage firm, went through the houses on Ledgewood to salvage architecturally unique items. The sites were also safely cleared of asbestos and other materials commonly used at the times these homes were built. Messer Construction will be the general contractor for the Quad project. Todd Sadler, Messer senior project manager, says at the high point of construction, as many as 400-500 workers could be on site.

The new Williams College of Business and Learning Commons on the Hoff Academic Quadrangle and a new Central Utility Plant across Dana Avenue are scheduled to be completed in time for classes in the fall of 2010. A groundbreaking for the Quad will held on Friday, September 26 at noon. Details about that groundbreaking are forthcoming.

Work will begin on the Xavier Square site later this fall.

For updates and more information on Xavier’s construction, you can visit, which features a live webcam and periodic videos about the projects.