Ohio State Eyes Adding 1 Million Square Feet to Campus

By 11W Staff on January 19, 2017 at 4:41 pm
A rendering provided to Columbus Business First.

Ohio State president Michael Drake announced Thursday at his State of the University address a long-term vision to strengthen Ohio State’s position as one of the world’s most important and effective centers of teaching and research.

As first reported by Tom Knox of bizjournals.com, the plan includes expanding campus by over one million square-feet. 

“Everything we do must be representative of our opportunities as a national flagship public research university. Framework 2.0 outlines a plan for how we might structure our campus to more fully capture our potential in the coming years,” Drake said in his address.

“In broad strokes, it imagines the physical spaces that will inspire every aspect of our Ohio State community to be the very best — from students, faculty and staff to visitors on campus.”

The new plan calls for new roads connecting different parts of campus and a temporary stay of execution for St. John Arena.

Per a university release, additional concepts under consideration include an interdisciplinary research corridor, located in the mid-west portion of campus along Woody Hayes Drive, and lab and teaching spaces in west campus that support the university's research goals.

The plan is dubbed Framework 2.0.

“The commitment is for Framework 2.0 to positively impact our entire university community,” said Ohio State Executive Vice President and Provost Bruce A. McPheron.

The plan goes before the university's Board of Trustees for approval later this month.

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