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^ Well, at least both Cleveland (with its Medical Mart) and Columbus (with its OSU Medical Center) are running interference for Cincinnati, heh heh!  So many other cities elsewhere are doing same (Nashville and Houston, to name but two) that the risks ($$$) to become top players seems immense and unpredictable.

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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?

 

According to the information provided by Ohio State, the new 17-story building will contain the following:

 

- Five stories for outpatient and support services.

- Five stories for a critical-care hospital with 144 beds and apartment-like settings for patients' families.

- Seven stories for the new home of the Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital with 276 beds.

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^ Thanks, Columbo, for the above information about the new OSU medical tower.  When completed, it will obviously become the most recognizable portion of the this huge medical complex.  Needless to say, I'm certainly not wishing for cancer to spread in order for this facility to stay in business; I am hoping (like everyone else) that state-of-the-art research (and treatment) that will be done here will attract the best minds in the medical field. 

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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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The second photo is particularly impressive and shows the immense scale of the project. The building in the background, just to the right of the new tower, is the 10-story Biomedical Research Tower, which also has a penthouse mechanical floor and a first floor with a very high ceiling. And this new tower is already dwarfing it. When you look at the new construction from the road between Cramblett Hall and the Ross Heart Hospital (the road that leads to the Emergency Department), the building's scale starts to sink in. It's just HUGE. I'll grab some pictures tomorrow and post.

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A new photo of the OSU Medical Center Expansion was posted at the Columbus Underground thread "OSU Medical Center Expansion - News & Updates".  This photo is from a pretty good distance away:

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This view really shows what a behemoth that building is going to be.  And I mean behemoth in a good way.  It was pointed out on the CU thread that this will be the tallest building in Columbus outside of downtown.  When completed, the building will be 293 feet tall - which would make it the 18th tallest building in the city.  The final height of the OSU Medical Center Expansion would be 33 feet taller than the twin Lincoln and Morrill Towers - the current but soon to be previously tallest buildings outside of downtown, also on the OSU campus.

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The new Medical Center expansion is getting closer to its final height.  Ohio State has a topping-off ceremony scheduled for May 21.  At just a few feet short of 300 feet, the expansion tower will become the tallest building in Columbus outside of downtown (18th tallest overall).  Below is more about this from Columbus Business First:

 

Business First Slideshow: Topping off of OSU Wexner Medical Center expansion

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I noticed this weekend going east on Lane from Upper Arlington how it had surpassed the "Towers" in height. It has a looming presence going west on 11th.

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More about the Medical Center expansion tower.  It had it's ceremonial topping off last month.  And according to the below article from the Dispatch, the final height is 297 feet.

 

Dispatch: New OSU hospital tower not just ‘sticks and bricks’ - Integration of patient care is more important than the building’s structure, project leaders say

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Good God that's tall.


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There's been several times in recent weeks where I catch myself being surprised by the outline of the tower lit up with all of the construction lighting at night. I was visiting friends in hilliard and there's definitely some good views of it there which caught me off guard. Although I guess alcohol could also have been involved as well. :)

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Thanks for the update c-dub!  That photo from Ohio Stadium is quite impressive.

 

And don't worry about the photo quality.  It's no worse than the Labor Day weekend weather we had in Central Ohio, right?

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Yes the weather was muggy and humid but for the most part it didn't rain during the game. Yeah it is impressive looking at the new tower from inside Ohio Stadium. I still wish I had a real camera because that view from my seat was amazing. Also the new HD video screen was really nice and the sound speakers were very much improved.

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Couple of photos of the big medical tower expansion at the OSU Medical Center (now called the OSU Wexner Medical Center).  The first is an older night-time construction photo being used as the background photo at the OSU Wexner Medical Center's twitter account.  Wanted to share because it was just a lovely view with the lights reflecting on the Olentangy River:

 

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But the real construction update photo is from Columbus Underground's Construction Roundup: Nov 2012 - Part 2.  This photo shows the glass being installed up the building frame of the tower.  You can just the pace of construction by comparing this November photo with c-dub's photo from September:

 

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OSU Trustees approved $1.9 million (along with another $1.9 million coming from the City of Columbus) to complete design work to relocate Cannon Drive next to the Medical Campus.  This project is estimated to begin construction in January 2016 and take two years to complete:

 

Ohio State could start moving Cannon Drive in 2016

By Carrie Ghose, Staff Reporter

Columbus Business First - Aug 28, 2014, 2:57pm EDT

 

Hey, remember Ohio State University’s plan to move Cannon Drive?  Probably not – that’s why you need nerds like me.  Back in 2011, the University and City of Columbus started “pre-design” on a plan for a westward shift and straightening the curving city street between OSU Wexner Medical Center and the Olentangy River.

 

The $37.7 million project would open up 12 new acres for the landlocked hospital campus to develop, plus create additional flood protection for the medical center, while turning current parking lots into green space.  The stretch runs between Herrick Drive and King Avenue and connects with exit and entry ramps of Route 315.

 

MORE: http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/blog/2014/08/ohio-state-could-start-moving-cannon-drive-in-2016.html

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More about the realignment of Cannon Drive next to the Medical Campus from CU.  Different version of the overhead plan view posted earlier - this one shows some conceptual development east of the new Cannon Drive next to the existing Medical Campus.  Plus two renderings of the area - one showing conceptual development in the Medical Campus, the other showing new parkland next to the Olentangy River.

 

http://www.columbusunderground.com/realigned-cannon-drive-will-mean-new-parkland-development-around-osu-medical-campus-bw1

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The $750 million, 1.1 million-square-foot James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute officially opened in November 2014 on the OSU Wexner Medical Center campus.  This "new James" Cancer Hospital replaces the "old James" Cancer Hospital built in 1990 about two blocks to the east on the medical campus.

 

-- Business First had a photo-tour of the interior close to the finish of construction:  http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/blog/2014/09/first-look-inside-the-new-osu-james-cancer.html

 

-- The Dispatch had a photo-tour closer to the finish of construction:  http://www.dispatch.com/content/slideshows/2014/10/16/new-james-hospital-tour-.html

 

-- More photos of the James Cancer Hospital on opening day:  http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2014/11/07/new-james-cancer-hospital-a-beacon-of-hope.html

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Meanwhile, the "old James" (aka the former Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital building that the new James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute replaced) might become a brain and spine hospital:

 

-- Ohio State cancer center’s former home might house brain, spine hospital:  http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2015/01/27/Ohio-State-spine-hospital.html

 

-- Ohio State planning specialty Brain and Spine Hospital:  http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/print-edition/2013/02/01/osu-plans-will-run-into-rivalry.html

 

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Meanwhile, the "old James" (aka the former Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital building that the new James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute replaced) might become a brain and spine hospital:

 

-- Ohio State cancer center’s former home might house brain, spine hospital:  http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2015/01/27/Ohio-State-spine-hospital.html

 

-- Ohio State planning specialty Brain and Spine Hospital:  http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/print-edition/2013/02/01/osu-plans-will-run-into-rivalry.html

 

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More about the "old James" (aka the former Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital building that the new James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute replaced) that will become a brain and spine hospital at the OSU Medical Center:

 

Renovating original OSU James Cancer building could grow to $23M project

By Carrie Ghose, Staff Reporter - Columbus Business First

November 4, 2015, 1:46pm EST

 

Renovating the original building for Ohio State University's James Cancer Hospital could grow to $22.7 million under requests for $8.4 million in additional projects up for a trustees vote on Friday.  The James moved in December into a new 21-story tower shared with the main University Hospital critical care unit.

 

Trustees earlier this year approved $14.3 million to revamp the vacated 25-year-old building at 300 W. 10th Ave. into the Brain and Spine Hospital, another specialty facility within the OSU Wexner Medical Center. ... It would house 90 beds and outpatient clinics for treating strokes, epilepsy and a growing practice led by Dr. Ali Rezai, a pioneer in implanting electrical stimulation devices deep in the brain to control tremors and other symptoms.

 

MORE: http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2015/11/04/renovating-original-osu-james-cancer-building.html

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Meanwhile, the "new James" is planning to finish out interior construction on two floors in the 21-story building left unfinished for future expansion:

 

Ohio State wants to add 72 beds to James Cancer Hospital

By Carrie Ghose, Staff Reporter - Columbus Business First

Updated: January 26, 2016, 2:45pm EST

 

Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center is seeking trustee approval for a $60 million project to finish two floors left empty in the 21-story James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute, adding 72 beds to the 348-bed tower that opened in December 2014.

 

The 276-room James shares the tower with 72 beds for the critical care unit of the adjoining main University Hospital.  It always was in the plan to double the critical care unit by finishing the 10th and 12th floors.

 

The request before trustees is for the first $5 million for design.  Construction wouldn't start until next year.

 

MORE: http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2016/01/22/ohio-state-wants-to-add-72beds-to-james-cancer.html

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Ohio State Wexner Medical Center to spend $241M on construction and equipment (with no new debt)

By Carrie Ghose, Staff Reporter - Columbus Business First

September 2, 2016, 1:37pm EDT

 

Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center plans nearly a quarter-billion dollars in construction and equipment purchases in the budget year that started July 1 – and all of it in cash.  Out of $241 million in projects, the only new structure the health system will build is the first of two planned parking garages at a location still to be determined.  The rest is interior work on existing hospitals and office buildings, including opening 72 more patient rooms in the 21-story hospital tower that opened in late 2014.

 

The largest single project is $60 million to complete the interior of two tower floors left unfinished until the capacity was needed.  Adding the rooms will double University Hospital's 72-bed critical care unit, which shares the tower with 276-room James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute. ... An 1,100-space, $25 million parking garage will help replace spots to be lost on surface lots when Cannon Drive is straightened closer to the Olentangy River, opening up 12 acres for future medical center expansion.

 

MORE: http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2016/09/02/ohio-state-wexner-medical-center-to-spend-241m-on.html

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Ohio State Brain and Spine Hospital set to open after $18M renovation

By Carrie Ghose, Staff Reporter - Columbus Business First

September 8, 2016, 2:07pm EDT

 

Ohio State University is set to open the Brain and Spine Hospital, the latest specialty hospital on the Wexner Medical Center campus.  The 87-bed hospital fills three floors of the 12-story former home of James Cancer Hospital, which moved in 2014 to a 21-story tower on the other end of the main University Hospital.

 

The Brain and Spine Hospital, opening Sept. 30, centralizes care and research for OSU's Neurological Institute, which coordinates the efforts of 200 doctors and researchers spread among 14 colleges including engineering, business and social work.

 

MORE: http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2016/09/08/ohio-state-brain-and-spine-hospital-set-to-open.html

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Update on the relocation of Cannon Drive west of the Medical Campus:

 


Ohio State narrows in on sites for 2 new parking garages in $58M project

By Tom Knox, Reporter - Columbus Business First

Updated: October 31, 2016, 8:02am EDT

 

Ohio State University is close to choosing sites for two new parking garages to replace medical-campus lots that will be lost to the relocation of Cannon Drive.  One targeted site is on Herrick Drive between Cannon Drive and Neil Avenue and the other is on a parking lot near Dodd Hall at Medical Center and Cannon drives, according to documents to be presented to OSU trustees at their meeting this week.  A third as-yet-undisclosed site is also under consideration, OSU spokesman Dan Hedman said.

 

The $58.3 million project will add 2,295 parking spaces.  Ohio State hopes to start construction in April, with completion targeted for July 2018.

 

Ohio State will lose about 1,900 parking spaces around the OSU Wexner Medical Center as Cannon Drive gets relocated westward between King Avenue and Herrick Drive, opening up green space and development land. ... Ohio State is working with the City of Columbus on the relocation.  This month the city approved right-of-way acquisitions along Cannon Drive.

 

MORE: http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2016/10/31/ohio-state-narrows-in-on-sites-for-2new-parking.html

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Update on the relocation of Cannon Drive west of the Medical Campus:

 


Ohio State narrows in on sites for 2 new parking garages in $58M project

By Tom Knox, Reporter - Columbus Business First

Updated: October 31, 2016, 8:02am EDT

 

Ohio State University is close to choosing sites for two new parking garages to replace medical-campus lots that will be lost to the relocation of Cannon Drive.  One targeted site is on Herrick Drive between Cannon Drive and Neil Avenue and the other is on a parking lot near Dodd Hall at Medical Center and Cannon drives, according to documents to be presented to OSU trustees at their meeting this week.  A third as-yet-undisclosed site is also under consideration, OSU spokesman Dan Hedman said.

 

The $58.3 million project will add 2,295 parking spaces.  Ohio State hopes to start construction in April, with completion targeted for July 2018.

 

Ohio State will lose about 1,900 parking spaces around the OSU Wexner Medical Center as Cannon Drive gets relocated westward between King Avenue and Herrick Drive, opening up green space and development land. ... Ohio State is working with the City of Columbus on the relocation.  This month the city approved right-of-way acquisitions along Cannon Drive.

 

MORE: http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2016/10/31/ohio-state-narrows-in-on-sites-for-2new-parking.html

 

Since Ohio State sold rights to parking to CampusParc, is CampusParc going to be funding the new garages? Or is Ohio State footing the bill, only to let CampusParc reap the benefits?

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Since Ohio State sold rights to parking to CampusParc, is CampusParc going to be funding the new garages? Or is Ohio State footing the bill, only to let CampusParc reap the benefits?

 

I'll attempt to answer this CampusParc question since it is at least tangentially related to the OSU Medical Center parking garage news.  Also, since I am not employed or affiliated with OSU or CampusParc, I'm getting this answer from publicly available sources.

From those two sources, it appears that the CampusParc organization is responsible for the management and maintenance of all OSU-owned parking facilities (lots and garages) that are part of its lease agreement with OSU.  It also appears that OSU is responsible for the construction of any new parking facilities that were not already existing at the start of its lease agreement with CampusParc.

 

It's also possible that the lease agreement between OSU and CampusParc has a provision for shared costs for any new parking facilities (or an extra payment from CampusParc to OSU in lieu of shared costs) - but I've not seen any reporting to verify that.

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Ohio State's Cannon Drive relocation will mean 2 years of traffic headaches

 

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A major road construction project on Ohio State University’s medical campus could cause a traffic logjam for workers, visitors and football fans through early 2019.

 

The $51.5 million straightening and raising of Cannon Drive from King Avenue to Herrick Drive is expected to start in July 2017 and last until April 2019.

 

More below:

http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2016/11/08/ohio-states-cannon-drive-relocation-will-mean-2.html


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Ohio State Wexner Medical chooses shuttles over garages to replace lost employee parking lots

 

Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center has delayed a proposal to build two parking garages to replace 1,900 surface spots lost to the relocation of Cannon Drive, administrators said Wednesday. Instead employees will use an improved shuttle service from west campus.

 

Not building garages "at this time" saves $50 million to $75 million, said Bob Schottenstein, a past OSU trustee and a community member on the board's medical center and facilities planning committees. Last fall officials had narrowed sites for two proposed garages costing $58 million.

 

More below:

http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2017/01/25/ohio-state-wexner-medical-chooses-shuttles-over.html


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Ohio State plans new hospital tower – bigger than the James – and campus outpatient clinic

 

Ohio State University's Wexner Medical Center plans to build an 840-bed replacement to the original University Hospital and a west campus urgent care and outpatient clinic.

 

University officials are calling it the single largest facilities project in school history.

 

More below:

https://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2017/11/29/ohio-state-plans-new-hospital-tower-bigger-than.html


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OSU Announces Second Medical Center Tower

 

The Ohio State University made a major announcement late this afternoon about a hospital expansion that would continue to transform the growing Wexner Medical Center. A request for qualifications (RFQ) was released earlier this month for the construction of a new inpatient tower and outpatient care facility.

 

“The Wexner Medical Center has unprecedented opportunity for transformative growth,” stated Ohio State President Michael V. Drake. “A number of our most important indicators are at historic highs and accelerating. At the same time, our strategic plan calls for bold thinking to define the future of academic health care. We envision a medical campus in which all building projects integrate and support each other — and where the very best people work together across areas of expertise to further elevate the quality of the medical center and the entire university.”

 

More below:

http://www.columbusunderground.com/osu-announces-second-medical-center-tower

 

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Ohio State's Wexner Medical Center ready to seek designer for 840-bed hospital tower

 

Ohio State University's Wexner Medical Center is moving ahead with an 840-bed inpatient tower to replace the aging University Hospital buildings on the Columbus campus.

 

Medical center and university trustees are to consider this week a request for $71 million from health system operating funds toward professional services such as architecture and engineering. Design work is expected to stretch into fall 2019, according to board materials.

 

More below:

https://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2018/01/30/ohio-states-wexner-medical-center-ready-to-seek.html


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