Energy Advancement and Innovation Center

The Energy Advancement and Innovation Center is co-located at the Carmenton district with the Pelotonia Research Center. The Energy Advancement and Innovation Center is a space for Ohio State faculty members, students, alumni, ENGIE Buckeye Operations researchers, local entrepreneurs and industry experts to work together on the next generation of smart energy systems, renewable energy and green mobility solutions. 

The total project budget is $49.3 million and now includes four floors. The project is a cornerstone of the university’s public-private partnership with Ohio State Energy Partners (OSEP) who has committed $50 million for the project, including $36.7 million toward design and construction costs.

Learn more about how Ohio State in investing in the spaces and places that empower collaboration by visiting Carmenton.

Additional Information

The 66,000 square foot Energy Advancement and Innovation Center encourages new diverse collaborations to propel the next generation of convergent energy research and technology incubation. The building was designed in conjunction with the Interdisciplinary Research Facility to ensure consistent design and site construction. Design prioritized passive and active strategies to reduce energy usage. The project includes the installation of a direct current (DC) microgrid with future plans to install photovoltaics/solar panels on the roof.

The facility includes a 210-seat seminar room and a 96-seat cafe to serve the Innovation Center and nearby Interdisciplinary Research Facility. Additional building features include:

  • Approximately 8,000 square feet of dedicated lab space
  • 25,000 square feet for collaborative learning and gathering space
  • 1,500 square feet reserved for be smaller focused workspace
  • 3,000 square feet shelled for program expansion

Learn more about the overall project vision by visiting the Ohio State Energy Partners website.




Project Timeline

  • 2019
  • 2020
  • 2021
  • 2023

Project Team

Brendan Flaherty Headshot


Project Manager 
Brendan Flaherty

Project Accountant
Jasmine Myles

Design Architect: Smith-Miller + Hawkinson Architects LLP
Architect of Record: Moody-Nolan, Inc.

Construction Manager
Whiting-Turner & CK Construction Group (joint venture) 


Architectural Record recently highlighted the 64,000-square-foot Energy Advancement and Innovation Center (EAIC). 

Columbus Business First highlighted the recent opening of the Energy Advancement and Innovation Center. 

Work on the $49.3 million Energy Advancement and Innovation Center is just a few weeks away from crossing the finish line. With a November 2023 opening date, crews are working on finishing touches to the interior of the facility.