Inpatient Hospital Becomes Tallest Building at Ohio State

Photo of inpatient hospital elevator tower, facing north
The north and south elevator towers will eventually reach level 25, which will be used for mechanical and support spaces. This view includes the north elevator tower (middle of photo).
Photo of inpatient hospital steel weld
Depending on size, a steel column weld can take more than a full day to complete and is inspected by a third-party certified welding inspector.
Photo of electrical, mechanical and plumbing system rough-ins.
Construction crews continue to place concrete floor slabs and electrical, mechanical and plumbing rough-in work continues.
Photo of inpatient hospital, looking south
Looking south from the level five steel deck shows the southwest corner of the inpatient hospital.
Photo of the inpatient hospital, looking northeast
Once completed, the inpatient hospital will be the 10th tallest building in Columbus, Ohio.
Photo of inpatient hospital, stell framing around the south core
Looking north from street level at 10th Avenue, steel framing continues around the south elevator core of the inpatient hospital.
Photo of inpatient hospital steel, from level seven
A view from level seven, where the air handler will be located, shows the main patient entrance of the inpatient hospital.
Photo of inpatient hospital and new James connector
Steel framing on level five will connect the inpatient hospital project to The James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute.
Photo of inpatient hospital, looking northweast from the mechanical floor.
Construction crews move through level eight on the northwest corner of the building.

The inpatient hospital project reached a major milestone in January. Concrete was recently poured on level 22 of the north and south elevator cores of facility, making it the tallest building on all of the Ohio State campuses. The north and south elevator towers will eventually reach level 25 which will be used for mechanical and support spaces. Level 24 will be the final patient care floor.

The center, or middle, elevator core, will contain a total of eight staff elevators and a total of twelve public elevators. This core will eventually top out at level 27, and it will serve as a new helipad.

Sixty ironworkers are onsite to erect steel, which includes significant welding activities on the steel columns. Depending on the size of the column, these welds can take more than a full day to complete. Each column is then inspected by a third-party certified welding inspector. In total, the facility will use 15,000 tons of steel.

Construction crews continue to place concrete floor slabs. The ground and level one slabs are complete, partial slabs have been placed at the lower level, level two and level four. Rough-in work continues on electrical, mechanical and plumbing systems and wall framing has begun.

The inpatient hospital is the largest single facilities project ever undertaken at Ohio State. Once completed, it will be the 10th tallest building in Columbus, Ohio.