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This New High Rise

This Old House’s Kevin O’Connor tours StuVi 2 for BU’s cameras

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Click on the video above to watch Kevin O’Connor (GSM’99) tour the StuVi 2 construction site with Walsh Brothers construction chief Mark Lootz.

As host of the WGBH home improvement show This Old House, Kevin O’Connor is usually up to his elbows in dated kitchens and plumbing from the Lincoln era. But last spring, O’Connor (GSM’99) gamely accepted an invitation to return to campus to size up the University’s newest building: another high-rise residence hall now under construction behind Agganis Arena.

The latest addition to the John Hancock Student Village, nicknamed “StuVi 2,” will open its doors in fall 2009 and house 957 students in a mix of 8-person suites and 4-person apartments. The 400,000-square-foot building consists of two towers (nineteen stories and twenty-six stories) containing 100,000 yards of concrete, 9,300 pieces of steel, and 550 terra-cotta panels.

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