Construction has begun on one of the largest healthcare projects in the Midwest and one of the largest job-generating projects in Ohio history – the $1 billion Ohio State University Medical Center ProjectONE in Columbus, Ohio.
Designed by HOK, the project unites integrated research and education with cost-efficient, personalized medical care. When completed in 2014, the 1-million-sq-ft complex will generate 10,000 full-time jobs.
ProjectONE is emerging as part of the south campus master plan at OSU. It includes a central tower housing the new 276-bed Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute; a 144-bed critical care building; integrated spaces for research, education and patient care; and upgrades to existing facilities. The complex is designed to achieve LEED Silver certification.
The expansion will allow OSU to serve an additional 10,000 inpatients and 300,000 ambulatory visits annually in a setting that will make healthcare more accessible.
It will also enable research to advance OSU’s leadership in translational and personalized medicine as it furthers the education of medical, nursing and allied health students.
The 19-story tower will feature private rooms with abundant natural light and visual and physical access to green space to promote healing. The top eight floors will host the James Cancer Center with seven acute care patient floors and one floor for bone-marrow transplant patients. The middle three floors are devoted to critical care facilities in a family-friendly setting to meet the needs of families required to travel to OSU from a distance.