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From a press release, 9/23/05:

 

 

OSU Medical Center Master Space Plan Shows Vision

Posted 9/23/2005

 

COLUMBUS, Ohio – A master space plan unveiled today shows a highly integrated and invigorated Ohio State University Medical Center campus positioned to address rising demands for services, particularly those of the cancer program, which will see a dramatic expansion to meet current and future needs.

 

The Ohio State University Board of Trustees received its first look at the master plan today (9/23). The plan achieves numerous efficiencies, including operational and long-term cost savings, and continues to build upon the collaboration between the medical center’s clinical care, research and education missions.

 

The plan incorporates interconnected patient towers, a network of concourses and green spaces, site-specific parking facilities, revamped roadways and patient care corridors rimmed by medical research facilities and academic complexes.

 

The visionary plan also calls for buildings that spread ‘up’ more than ‘out’ and a new gateway to the medical center off Cannon Drive, about a block west of Rhodes Hall, widely considered now to be the medical center’s front door.

 

Among the first projects slated for development in the master plan are the addition of two floors on the Richard M. Ross Heart Hospital, a digestive health center in Doan Hall, and a short time later, construction of an approximately 10-story cancer hospital tower on a site now occupied by Means Hall, a former patient care facility converted to an office building. In addition, several diagnostic, imaging and ambulatory care services will be expanded to form a corridor of outpatient and inpatient treatment services on the first several floors of a new building extending one block from Rhodes Hall to Cannon Drive.

 

Developing the master plan, which addresses the future needs of the medical center’s research, clinical and educational components, has been a priority for the past two years, according to Dr. Fred Sanfilippo, senior vice president and executive dean for health sciences, dean of the OSU College of Medicine and Public Health and CEO of OSU Medical Center.

 

“The master space plan helps ensure the vitality of the medical center for years to come and our continued ability to be a major contributor in the field of medicine around the world,” said Sanfilippo. “Most importantly, the plan allows us to meet the ever-increasing demand for services, including those of the cancer program, which has a critical need for expansion.”

 

The proposed plan details growth, renovation and relocations on the medical campus in phases over the next 15 years. Many of the older buildings slated for remodeling or demolition in the plan have become outdated in their current use and costly to maintain.

 

“Based on current data and projections, we’re going to experience continued growth,” said Sanfilippo. “We anticipate even more patients who will need our clinical services, an increase in students who want to come to Ohio State to study medical and health professions, and more scientists who want to join our growing and exciting research enterprise.”

 

The master plan also takes into consideration the needs of several constituencies, including patients, visitors, students and staff.

 

Roads in the medical center will be re-aligned to improve traffic flow and parking access, green spaces will create a pedestrian oriented campus and streetscape, and “transitional” space between the medical campus and its university and residential neighbors will continue to provide distinctive identities.

 

Sanfilippo says considerable effort was made to expand the aesthetic qualities of the medical campus.

 

“Even though we are able to utilize more square footage in the master plan, the buildings will have more of a vertical presence instead of spreading out, much like what has been accomplished along 12th Avenue with the research tower and other buildings. We want to be good stewards of the land and maintain a welcoming campus environment,” said Sanfilippo.

 

The first series of projects will expand clinical services – the James Cancer Hospital, Ross Heart Hospital and University Hospital.

 

Dr. David Schuller, senior executive director of the Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute, says the master plan is supportive of the cancer program expansion.

 

“The design of research space and clinical resources around the proposed cancer hospital tower broadens our ability to create and disseminate new knowledge and provide clinical care that is firmly advanced and supported by research,” said Schuller. The new cancer hospital tower will have approximately 300 beds.

 

Dr. Michael Caligiuri, director of The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center, also sees the merit of interfacing the cancer expansion into the overall growth plan of the medical center.

 

“Physically bringing the research laboratories closer to the patient care facilities will provide enormous benefits,” said Caligiuri. “The most important of which is facilitating the rapid translation of cancer research discoveries into the clinical care setting so that state-of-the-art treatment opportunities are available for our cancer patients, who are the true centerpiece of this medical center and cancer program expansion.”

 

In addition, the two-floor addition to the Ross Heart Hospital will add 60 beds to a cardiology program that also is seeing high demand for its services from patients around Ohio.

 

While future medical towers and other structures will remain east of Cannon Drive, ultimately, land west of Cannon Drive next to the Olentangy River could be utilized for development. There are no plans to build near the river at this time and the space will remain available for parking.

 

During the next year, the medical center and university will identify sources of funding that can be utilized for the building projects addressed in the master plan.

 

Paramount in the entire planning process, said Sanfilippo, was the desire to create a medical center campus that will be a caring environment for patients and conducive to the clinical care, research and education activities of the medical center.

 

“We’re not just following a plan that meets our needs, but it’s a plan that will make the medical center even stronger,” he said. “It’s a framework for our future.”

 

HOW THE PLAN WAS DEVELOPED

A planning team with representatives from the university’s architect office and clinical, research and academic areas of the medical center guided the plan, which has been in the making for nearly two years. The team inventoried and evaluated existing structures to determine their current and projected usefulness. Numerous meetings and interviews were held to obtain input regarding traffic flow, parking, aesthetic appearance and functionality.

 

http://medicalcenter.osu.edu/mediaroom/press/article.cfm?ID=2287

 

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This excerpt is from the 11/7/05 OSU Lantern:

 

 

Medical center makeover

By: Ryan Merrill

Issue date: 11/7/05 Section: Campus

 

The Ohio State Board of Trustees passed a resolution Friday morning allotting $10 million to seek an executive architect for the impending expansions of the OSU Medical Center.

 

The expansion will constitute a new four or five-story multidisciplinary diagnostic and therapeutic building and a 10-story in-patient tower with costs expected to total $780 million. Included in these costs will be an expansion to The Ross Heart Hospital, the demolition of Means Hall and the removal and replacement of the South Cannon Parking Garage.

 

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http://www.thelantern.com/media/paper333/news/2005/11/07/Campus/Medical.Center.Makeover-1047946.shtml?norewrite&sourcedomain=www.thelantern.com

 

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More on the above story from the 11/10/05 OSU Lantern:

 

 

Trustees adopt medical expansion

By: Jennifer Daddario

Issue date: 11/10/05 Section: Campus

 

After two years of planning, the Medical Center Affairs Committee of the Board of Trustees officially adopted the Medical Center Facility Master Plan at its meeting Friday, priming the Ohio State University Medical Center to undergo many changes.

 

Talks on the design of the master plan started in the fall of 2003, and formally took hold in the spring of 2004. The official plan was completed earlier this year, and the Board of Trustees took its first look at the plan Sept. 23.

 

"The master space plan helps ensure the vitality of the Medical Center for years to come and our continued ability to be a major contributor in the field of medicine around the world," said Dr. Fred Sanfilippo, dean of the OSU College of Medicine and Public Health, in a statement. Dr. Sanfilippo is also the senior vice president and executive dean of the health sciences department, and the CEO of the OSU Medical Center.

 

Read more at http://www.thelantern.com/media/paper333/news/2005/11/10/Campus/Trustees.Adopt.Medical.Expansion-1052991.shtml?norewrite&sourcedomain=www.thelantern.com

 

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From Business First of Columbus, 7/14/06:

 

 

$50 million in Med Center parking not a drive-through issue for OSU

Business First of Columbus - July 14, 2006

by Jeff Bell,Business First

 

Ohio State University Medical Center officials must jump through some hoops if they hope to build three parking garages on the medical center campus.  University trustees gave approval July 7 to the parking plan, including sites for the proposed garages, but the approval is contingent on resolving several issues. Among them: The need to minimize traffic snarls during construction and how financing the garages will mesh with the university's broader priorities and bond funding schedule for building projects.

 

The garages carry an estimated price tag of more than $50 million combined. They are part of the medical center's $780 million facilities master plan, which includes a 10-story cancer hospital and a building for diagnostic, medical imaging and outpatient services.

 

Read more at http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/stories/2006/07/17/story11.html?from_rss=1

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From Business First of Columbus, 7/19/06:

 

 

OSU taps California company to manage medical center construction

Business First of Columbus - 1:07 PM EDT Wednesday

 

Ohio State University has penned a contract with a California firm to manage its $770 million medical center facilities master plan.  OSU tapped Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. to execute the master plan, which includes a heart hospital, a 10-story cancer hospital and a building for diagnostic, medical imaging and outpatient services.

 

Read more at http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/stories/2006/07/17/daily17.html?from_rss=1

 

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From Business First of Columbus, 2/5/07:

 

 

OSU Med Center thinks cash shift can keep $780M expansion rolling

Business First of Columbus - February 2, 2007

by Jeff Bell

Business First

 

Ohio State University Medical Center may have found a cure for an ailment plaguing its $780 million expansion.

 

Faced with fundraising realities that don't jibe with proposed construction and financing schedules, medical center officials have identified another revenue source they hope will pass muster with OSU trustees.

 

The idea, to be presented to trustees Feb. 2, calls for $100 million that normally would be spent on new programs and hiring of medical faculty members to be committed to the expansion program over four years.

 

The $100 million was to have come from private donations, but medical officials have conceded not enough will be pledged in time to advance their ambitious construction schedule. The building projects, which are supposed to be completed by the end of 2011, would include a cancer hospital, outpatient and diagnostic treatment center and a critical-care patient tower.

 

Read more at http://columbus.bizjournals.com/columbus/stories/2007/02/05/story4.html

 

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From Business First of Columbus, 3/5/07:

 

 

OSU trustees want second opinion for medical center plan

Business First of Columbus - March 2, 2007

by Jeff Bell

Business First

 

Ohio State University is looking for an outsider's examination of the $780 million plan to expand OSU Medical Center.

 

University trustees were expected to approve March 2 the hiring of an outside consultant to review and validate a medical center plan that has come under increasing scrutiny in recent months.

 

"We're not comfortable moving to the next step of detailed design until we have a consultant on board and know where we are," said William Shkurti, OSU's senior vice president for business and finance.

 

Trustees, OSU President Karen Holbrook, medical center administrators and Shkurti's staff have agreed an outside review is necessary, he said.

 

Read more at http://columbus.bizjournals.com/columbus/stories/2007/03/05/story2.html

 

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From the 4/7/07 Dispatch:

 

OSU's plans under review

Consultants hired to ease donors' concerns over medical center projects

Saturday, April 07, 2007

Suzanne Hoholik

THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH

 

Ohio State University is spending $772,500 to calm cancer hospital donors worried about changes in its $780 million medical center expansion project.  The university hired two consulting firms -- Deloitte & Touche in Detroit and Hammes Co. of Brookfield, Wis. -- to review the project before construction begins on the largest expansion in university history.

 

It includes a new cancer hospital, expanding the medical center and heart hospital, new parking areas and additional faculty offices.  The project is scheduled to be finished in 2011.

 

Full article at http://www.dispatch.com/dispatch/contentbe/dispatch/2007/04/07/20070407-B1-00.html

 

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Disputes may delay OSU's $780 million medical-center expansion

Infighting must be eliminated, consultants say

BY PAUL WILSON | COLUMBUS DISPATCH

August 31, 2007

 

COLUMBUS - Debate about Ohio State University's $780 million medical-center expansion will mean that it likely won't be completed on time.  Uncertainty over the project's direction — including debates between officials of the university's medical center and its cancer hospital — probably will delay the project past its target completion date of 2011, a top school official said yesterday.

 

Experts hired to examine the plans for the medical center also said the infighting could hurt both medical programs, keeping top doctors and scientists away.  Now, the sides will work together to try to patch up differences, said William Shkurti, Ohio State's senior vice president for business and finance.

 

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Thursday, September 17, 2009

<b>OSU Medical Center expansion gets initial OK</b>

Business First of Columbus - by Carrie Ghose

 

Ohio State University’s new medical center tower will reach as high as its skyscraper dormitories and stretch longer than its fabled football field. Its footprint on the Central Ohio economy will be equally immense.

 

The $1 billion expansion of OSU Medical Center, the largest project ever undertaken at Ohio State, received unanimous approval from a trustees committee Thursday, with full board approval expected Friday morning.

 

READ MORE: http://columbus.bizjournals.com/columbus/stories/2009/09/14/daily40.html?ana=from_rss

 

Renderings posted here: http://www.columbusunderground.com/osu-adding-17-story-hospital-tower-to-med-center

 

<img src="http://www.columbusunderground.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/projectone_day.jpg">

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That is one MEGA expansion of the medical campus!

 

Below is an excerpt of today's Dispatch article and links to two graphics from the article.  One graphic shows the job creation and economic impact of the expansion.  The other graphic shows the place where the new tower will be built.  It looks like a much denser vertical expansion of the medical campus area.

 


 

COMING SOON TO OSU

$1 billion magnet

A planned Medical Center expansion is designed to better serve patients while attracting top personnel

Friday,  September 18, 2009

By Suzanne Hoholik, The Columbus Dispatch

 

A new 17-story hospital tower will be a beacon for drivers on Rt. 315 when a $1 billion expansion of the OSU Medical Center is completed, officials say.  The expansion is expected to create 10,000 jobs and boost the local economic impact of the medical center to $4.1 billion by 2015.  The project, the largest ever for Ohio State, also will create 5,000 construction jobs over the next five years.  It's one of two large hospital-construction projects going on in Columbus.  Nationwide Children's Hospital is in the middle of an $800 million expansion that will include a new 12-story hospital tower that's expected to open in 2012.

 

Graphic - OSU Medical Center Expansion: Employment and economic impact

 

Graphic - OSU Medical Center Expansion: Area of Construction

 

Full story: http://www.dispatch.com/live/content/local_news/stories/2009/09/18/OSUtower.ART_ART_09-18-09_A1_JDF418H.html?sid=101

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Karlsberger sues Ohio State over contract cancellation

Business First of Columbus - by Brian R. Ball

Tuesday, December 1, 2009, 12:32pm EST

 

The architect of record for Ohio State University Medical Center’s $1 billion expansion is suing the school and its board over the termination of its contract.  Ohio State notified Karlsberger Cos. Nov. 4 that it had canceled the Columbus firm’s design and construction administration contract for its cancer and critical care tower that incorporates outpatient cancer care and research.  Karlsberger, well-regarded nationally for hospital design, responded Nov. 13 with a lawsuit in Ohio Court of Claims, which handles cases involving money damages against state agencies.  The firm is seeking damages of up to $32 million.

 

The lawsuit called the termination a breach of contract and asked Judge Alan Travis to reinstate the agreement that OSU trustees approved four months before the school on Sept. 30 told Karlsberger it was planning to drop the firm.  The lawsuit also accuses Ohio State and trustees of violating laws regulating how state agencies contract for professional design services.  The lawsuit includes charges the university violated public open meetings and open records laws in the dismissal.

 

MAP AND RENDERING OF MEDICAL CENTER PROJECT

 

More at http://columbus.bizjournals.com/columbus/stories/2009/11/30/story3.html?b=1259557200^2506891

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Ohio State narrows architect list for medical center design role

Business First of Columbus - by Brian R. Ball

Friday, December 4, 2009

 

Ohio State University has narrowed its list for a new architect of record on the OSU Medical Center expansion amid a legal battle with the former one.  The Columbus office of Anshen & Allen Design Group and the Washington, D.C., office of Ellerbe Becket will compete for the contract against the Chicago office of Hellmuth Obata & Kassabaum Inc., or HOK, which has served as master planner and design architect for the expansion since 2005.

 

The university’s Nov. 5 request for qualifications didn’t specify a timeline for making a selection, but OSU spokesman Jim Lynch said he expected a decision soon.  Public records show 10 firms submitted applications before the Nov. 20 deadline.  The 4½-year contract begins in January, allowing construction of the hospital to start in early 2010, according to the school.

 

Full story at http://columbus.bizjournals.com/columbus/stories/2009/12/07/story10.html

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HOK lands larger role in expansion of OSU Medical Center campus

Business First of Columbus - by Brian R. Ball

Friday, December 18, 2009

 

Ohio State University has expanded the role of the design architect for its $1 billion medical center expansion to include handling the project as architect of record with help from Moody Nolan Inc.  The school’s Facilities Operations and Development Department has picked the Chicago office of Hellmuth Obata & Kassabaum Inc., or HOK, to oversee the project following the dismissal of Karlsberger Architecture Inc. of Columbus in November.

 

More at http://columbus.bizjournals.com/columbus/stories/2009/12/21/newscolumn1.html

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Karlsberger sues Ohio State over contract cancellation

 

This story makes the big time architectural news!  From the February Architectural Record:

 

Architecture Firm Sues Former Client

 

In a case that could have larger implications for the architecture profession, an Ohio firm has sued a client after being fired, with the hope of being put back on the job.  Karlsberger, a mid-sized firm based in Columbus, claims that nearby Ohio State University acted in bad faith this fall when it terminated a contract for a $1 billion, 1-million-square-foot expansion of its medical center. 

 

The glassy, soaring addition, which is to feature 480 beds and a cancer center, is the largest construction project on campus to date.  Healthcare-focused Karlsberger, which was the architect of record on the project, alongside design firm HOK, won the commission in September 2008 through a public bidding process.

 

But a year later, during a September 30 meeting in one of Karlsberger’s conference rooms, university officials suddenly asked the firm to drop the project voluntarily without providing an explanation.  Because Karlsberger refused, the firm was officially let go on November 4.  HOK, on the other hand, was retained, and another local firm was brought on board.

 

That lack of a stated cause violates open-government laws, says Karlsberger, which should be reinstated since its contract wasn’t properly terminated and remains “in full force and effect,” according to the eight-count complaint.

 

Full article at http://archrecord.construction.com/news/daily/archives/2010/100106Ohio_Lawsuit.asp

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OSU to test change in public building law

Business First of Columbus - by Carrie Ghose

Modified: Monday, April 5, 2010, 8:00am EDT

 

Ohio State University will try to shave at least $66 million from the $1 billion expansion of OSU Medical Center under a test to change public construction laws that predate the light bulb.

 

Ohio State, the University of Toledo and Central State University were named March 23 by Ohio Board of Regents Chancellor Eric Fingerhut to conduct three experiments weighing alternatives to the “multiple prime” contractor method for public construction.  Existing law, little changed since 1877, requires separate contractors for main construction, electrical, steam and plumbing for every project over $50,000.

 

Other public institutions, construction companies and trade groups will watch the outcome.  They have long advocated for allowing other methods such as using a single contractor that directly hires subcontractors, making coordination easier and less costly.

 

More: http://columbus.bizjournals.com/columbus/stories/2010/04/05/story4.html?b=1270440000^3132221

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OSU Medical Center hires fundraiser in chief

Business First of Columbus - by Carrie Ghose

Friday, April 16, 2010

 

Ohio State University Medical Center has hired a fundraising veteran for Cleveland hospital systems to lead systemwide campaigns for medicine, research and medical education – most notably the $75 million drive backing the $1 billion hospital expansion. 

 

Ohio State has set a philanthropic target of $75 million for an expansion that includes a $649 million new main University Hospital and replacement for James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute.  Under university rules, construction may not begin until 75 percent, or $56.3 million, is in hand.  Medical Center plans call for starting construction mid-year.  The Medical Center had raised about $15 million through March.

 

Full article: http://columbus.bizjournals.com/columbus/stories/2010/04/12/daily39.html

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Newsmakers Q&A

OSU hospital expansion to deliver up to 10,000 jobs

Sunday, June 13, 2010  

 

An excerpt from an ONN-TV interview with senior vice president for health sciences at Ohio State University and CEO of the OSU Medical Center, Dr. Steven Gabbe.  He is overseeing ProjectONE, a $1 billion expansion of the hospital. 

 

ProjectONE, the biggest construction project in the university’s history, will position Ohio State to become a top-20 academic medical center.  It also will have a huge impact on central Ohio’s economy with the creation of as many as 10,000 permanent full-time jobs and more than 5,000 construction jobs.

 

Full article: http://www.dispatch.com/live/content/business/stories/2010/06/13/osu-hospital-expansion-to-deliver-up-to-10000-jobs.html?sid=101

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ProjectONE, step1

OSU medical expansion kicks off, but donors sought

Saturday, June 19, 2010 - 2:50 AM

By Misti Crane, THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH

 

Ohio State University leaders have a lot more money to shake loose before they reach their goal of $75 million in donations to help pay for the massive medical center construction project now under way.

 

The university had about $7.3 million in hand and an additional $8 million pledged toward the $1 billion medical center expansion as of the end of April.

 

As trustees and others gathered Friday to celebrate the start of construction, they emphasized the important role that community generosity will play as they move forward on the work they've dubbed ProjectONE.

 

Overview of ProjectONE construction projects

 

Full article: http://www.dispatch.com/live/content/local_news/stories/2010/06/19/projectone-step1.html?sid=101

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Hospital buildings come and go

OSU’s expansion requires careful moves of patients, staff

By Suzanne Hoholik

THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH

 

Hospital construction projects mean inconvenience for patients and staff members alike.  Whether it’s changed traffic patterns, less parking or a doctor’s office being moved, the idea is to suffer now and be rewarded later.  Ohio State University’s $1 billion expansion of its medical center includes a 17-story hospital tower that will replace two office and clinic buildings.  That means physician offices and clinics will move, and so will patients.

 

Means Hall was demolished last year, and many of those workers were relocated to a new building on W. 12th Avenue.  Cramblett Hall, which is next door to where Means was, is scheduled to come down by mid-2012.  Before then, OSU will spend $14 million to renovate and add 14,000 square feet to McCampbell Hall, which is just southwest of Cramblett.

 

MORE: http://www.dispatch.com/live/content/local_news/stories/2010/11/06/hospital-buildings-come-and-go.html?sid=101

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Vote coming on tax package for Ohio State medical center expansion, east-side initiatives

Business First - by Carrie Ghose

Tuesday, November 30, 2010, 12:24pm EST

 

Columbus City Council is poised to approve its largest-ever income tax incentive for the $1 billion expansion of Ohio State University Medical Center, nearly a year after first proposing it.

 

Ordinances scheduled for a vote at council’s Dec. 6 meeting would extend a $35 million incentive over 15 years in return for $25 million the OSU Medical Center plans to spend improving access to health care and refurbishing housing in the neighborhood surrounding OSU East Hospital.

 

MORE: http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/blog/2010/11/vote-coming-on-tax-package-for-ohio.html

 

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^ It passed.

 

$35 million tax break for OSU

City Council approves incentives for university's Medical Center expansion

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

By Doug Caruso

THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH

 

Ohio State University's massive Medical Center expansion will receive tax incentives worth $35 million. 

 

On the Ohio State issue, the council approved a rebate of 30 percent of the income taxes that 5,615 new employees are expected to pay once the university completes a $1 billion expansion on the main campus around 2014.

 

The rebate is worth up to $35 million over 15 years. Ohio State leaders have pledged to use $10 million of that money to help revitalize the Near East Side neighborhood around University Hospital East.

 

MORE: http://www.dispatchpolitics.com/live/content/local_news/stories/2010/12/07/copy/35m-tax-break-for-osu.html?adsec=politics&sid=101

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I split off the OSU Medical Center Expansion posts from the OSU/University Area projects thread into this separate thread.  The $1 Billion construction project has broken ground and its generating alot of news that was getting lost in the general OSU construction thread. 

 

The Medical Center Expansion is also known as ProjectONE and has its own website at http://projectone.osu.edu/.

 

Here are some renderings from that website:

 

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An update on the lawsuit filed by an architectural firm against OSU regarding the expansion project.

 

Ohio State wins; lawsuit on Medical Center expansion dismissed

Thursday, December 9, 2010

By Julie Carr Smyth, Associated Press

 

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A judge has dismissed the lawsuit of an architectural firm that accused Ohio State University of bilking it out of nearly $1.3 million in design work as the school pursued major expansion of its medical center.

 

Karlsberger Architecture Inc. has two weeks to reply to Monday's ruling by Ohio Court of Claims Judge Joseph T. Clark.  The Columbus-based firm said in the suit filed last year that Ohio State privately asked another firm, Hellmuth Obata + Kassabaum, to submit a proposal for the same work Karlsberger was performing under contract.  After HOK was chosen for the job, the university rejected Karlsberger invoices for a combined $1,289,442, Karlsberger says.

 

The judge found "no implied covenants" in the contract and the university was free to terminate Karlsberger for any reason under the pact.

 

MORE: http://www.dispatch.com/live/content/local_news/stories/2010/12/09/project-one-lawsuit-dismissed-ohio-state.html

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News about a large donation to help fund a park in front of the new medical building from the ProjectONE website:

 

$2 Million Gift To Fund Park At New James Cancer Hospital 

Posted 12/20/2010

 

COLUMBUS, Ohio – With her $2 million pledge to fund the Phyllis A. Jones Legacy Park in front of the new Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute, Phyllis A. Jones is making good on a promise she made to her late husband, Clayton K. Jones.

 

The garden will be located on the West Lawn area in front of the new cancer hospital that is part of ProjectONE, the $1 billion Ohio State University Medical Center expansion scheduled for completion in 2014.

 

MORE: http://medicalcenter.osu.edu/mediaroom/Pages/release.aspx?newsID=6204

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Ohio State wins $100 million toward Medical Center expansion

Wednesday, December 29, 2010  03:13 PM

By Encarnacion Pyle, The Columbus Dispatch

 

Ohio State University received a belated Christmas gift today: a $100 million grant that will add a radiation oncology center to its $1 billion Medical Center expansion.  "This is wonderful news. This is going to allow us to do something new  -- something that wasn't even in our plans," said Dr. Steven Gabbe, CEO of the Medical Center.

 

Ohio State beat out more than a half dozen other schools for the federal grant that was inserted into the health-care reform bill last year to finance construction at a university hospital.  "This unprecedented project will bring thousands of new jobs to central Ohio and further cement our state's leadership in providing the highest quality of medical care," said Sen. Sherrod Brown, who announced the award this afternoon.

 

Campus officials said ProjectOne, the largest construction project in the university's history, will position Ohio State to become a top-20 academic medical center.

 

MORE: http://www.dispatch.com/live/content/local_news/stories/2010/12/29/Ohio-State-wins-$100-million-medical-expansion.html?sid=101

 

NOTE: The $ symbol in the link seems to disable it here.  You can paste the above link into your web browser for the full article or go to http://www.dispatch.com/live/content/index.html and choose "Ohio State wins $100 million toward Medical Center expansion" in the Latest Headlines section.

 

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Okay.  Forget about that ProjectONE label for this project.  It was a dopey name anyway. :wink:

 

 

Ohio State dropping ProjectOne (the name, that is)

Business First - by Carrie Ghose

Friday, February 11, 2011, 10:25am EST

 

The Ohio State University Medical Center is giving up on ProjectOne. 

 

Oh, don’t worry, the $1.1 billion project, which is pumping hundreds of millions of dollars into the local economy, will go on.  But from now on, everyone at the school is calling it what it is: The OSU Medical Center expansion.

 

MORE: http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/blog/2011/02/ohio-state-dropping-projectone-the.html

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The tower will now rise to 293 feet and just to put it in perspective, the Lincoln and Morrill Towers are 260 feet tall. This new building will be a monster on campus.

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An excerpt from Business First's update of the OSU Medical Center expansion project and construction of the 20-story hospital building.

 

Ohio State University Medical Center construction in full swing

By Jeff Bell - Business First

Date: Friday, September 23, 2011, 6:00am EDT

 

The project, which is scheduled for completion in mid-2014, is making steady progress in the heart of the medical center campus.  When it opens, the 20-story, 1.1 million-square-foot building will have 276 patient beds in the new Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute and another 144 beds in the critical care center.

 

But there is no debating the facility will be “big.”  At 293 feet, the building will be the tallest on the Ohio State campus and one of the 25 tallest hospitals in the world, according to a medical center fact sheet.  The building’s basement slab is in place, and the concrete elevator cores continue to rise.  Workers began erecting steel beams in August with two towering cranes guiding everything into place.  Other key components of the project will include the demolition of Cramblett Hall next year to clear space for the front of the new hospital and moving the Chlois Ingram Spirit of Women Park from West Tenth Avenue to the loop road in front of Rhodes Hall.

 

Once the building’s shell is in place, work can begin on interior spaces designed to integrate research, education and patient care, OSU officials said.  For example, the building will be linked by a new central concourse to the rest of the medical center campus, connecting hospitals, clinics, laboratories, classrooms, office and garages.  No decisions have been made on what Ohio State will do with the existing 209-bed James Hospital building once the new facility opens in 2014.

 

MORE: http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/print-edition/2011/09/23/upward-bound---construction-of-osu.html?page=all

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And an update from today's Dispatch.

 

OSU MEDICAL CENTER EXPANSION

Reaching for the sky

The university is using a temporary change in state construction law to speed completion of the $706 million, 21-story tower

By Suzanne Hoholik, The Columbus Dispatch

Monday, October 3, 2011 - 10:33 AM

 

One way to gauge progress on a construction project is to look at the height of its cranes.  For example, the tallest of the two cranes at the $1.1 billion expansion of the Ohio State University Medical Center stands at 300 feet.  When the project is completed, in 2014, that crane will have stretched an additional 60 feet toward the clouds. 

 

The project, which began two years ago, is in full swing, and the 21-story cancer and critical-care tower is taking shape.  The two elevator banks jutting into the sky will help anchor the building, and steel beams are going up floor by floor. 

 

As of Sept. 2, OSU trustees had approved spending $674.3 million for different parts of the expansion, including $385 million for the tower.  Officials continue to say that the project — the biggest in OSU history — is on time and on budget.

 

READ MORE: http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2011/10/03/reaching-for-the-sky.html

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Ohio State adds Wexner's name to medical center

By Encarnacion Pyle, The Columbus Dispatch

Friday, February 10, 2012 - 5:31 PM

 

Ohio State is naming its Medical Center today after one of the university’s biggest visionaries and cheerleaders: Leslie H. Wexner.

 

Trustees unanimously voted to approve the name change today to honor Wexner’s 30 years of service to his alma mater.  The hospital, which is undergoing a $1.1 billion expansion, will be called the Wexner Medical Center at Ohio State University.

 

MORE: http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2012/02/10/wexner-ohio-state-medical-center.html

 


More on the OSU Medical Center renaming from Business First and Columbus Underground:

 

Business First: Ohio State renames medical center for Wexner

Columbus Underground: The Wexner Medical Center at The Ohio State University

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An article that examines the economic impacts of the two major medical expansion projects in Columbus.  The OSU Medical Center expansion project will create 6,000 new jobs.

 

Hospital projects provide prescription for job growth

New facilities for Nationwide Children’s, OSU will mean thousands of new hires

By Steve Wartenberg, The Columbus Dispatch

Monday, February 13, 2012 - 7:04 AM

 

The new hospitals and research buildings rising over the newly renamed Wexner Medical Center at Ohio State University and Nationwide Children’s Hospital campuses are more than massive steel and concrete structures.  They are job creators.

 

These projects, together valued at $1.94 billion and covering 3.5 million square feet of hospital and research space, are expected to create 8,400 permanent, full-time jobs.  And these jobs, in turn, will create the need for at least 10,000 more people working for companies that support the two hospitals or benefit from increased spending in the community, said a local economist.

 

MORE: http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/business/2012/02/13/prescription-for-job-growth.html

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More construction photos of the $1.1 billion expansion of the OSU Medical Center from their Live Construction Webcam.  Below are archived photos of the construction from November 2011, December 2011, January 2012 and February 2012 showing the hospital floors going up around the elevator cores:

 

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Couple more March 2012 construction photos of the $1.1 billion expansion of the OSU Medical Center from the Columbus Underground Construction Roundup – March 2012.  CU's views are further away from the construction than the views from OSU's Live Construction Webcam.  But these more distant views show how the new tower is emerging within the medical campus better than the close-ups.

 

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These two construction photos clearly show the forward momentum of the project.  At this time, does anyone know what kind of operations (no pun intended) the new tower will contain?

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