Ottawa House Opens at the University of Toledo

The wait is over! The newest student resident hall on the University of Toledo campus -- Ottawa House -- is open. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held late last month to officially unveil the 236,400 square foot living space designed by GBBN Architects in collaboration with The Vetter Group of Toledo.

UT realized that in order to meet the changing lifestyles and expectations of its students, one of the areas it needed to focus on was student housing. After much research and asking the right questions, the design team came up with the perfect solution -- a brand new student resident hall that provides all the amenities of the private sector, combined with flexible meal plans, social gathering areas plus recreational facilities. The four-person suites include private toilet and shower facilities. Also included in the design are two-story shared lounges, on-site laundry facilities, fitness centers, kitchens where students can prepare their own meals, and modern security systems. This state-of-the-art, home-away-from-home will house approximately 600 UT students.

GBBN's commitment to providing design excellence and developing value in concert with UT's mission to provide its students with an environment that embraces and celebrates human diversity, respect for individuals and freedom of expression, has been brought to life in the dynamic vision that is Ottawa House.


  • To construct Ottawa House, 1,008 parking spaces were demolished, with 1,830 built elsewhere on campus to replace them.
  • The project utilized 23 different contractors, 127 subcontractors and 142 suppliers working more than 350,000 hours.
  • More than 1,000 doors, 10,000 cubic yards of concrete, and 500 trees, shrubs and bushes make up the Ottawa House and its grounds.