Slideshow: Interdisciplinary Research Facility

An exterior buck hoist elevator on the south side of IRF
An exterior buck hoist elevator moves construction crews and supplies on the south side of the facility. The construction elevator will be removed later this spring and windows will go in its place.
A photo of the Energy Advancement and Innovation Center
Construction has begun on the Energy Advancement and Innovation Center, which will be co-located in the Innovation District with the Interdisciplinary Research Facility.
Cose-up on an entropic heat wheel
The Interdisciplinary Research Facility will include four entropic heat wheels, which are anticipated to lower heating and cooling bills by approximately 30%.
masonry teams lay brick on the north side of IRF
Masonry teams construct heated work enclosures to continue brick and mortar installation during freezing temperatures.
drywall installation in progress
A view from inside the second floor shows drywall installation progress in the computational dry lab.
construction of IRF wet labs
The wet labs will include floor to ceiling windows to allow natural light into the spaces.
Photo of prefabricated mechanical piping racks
The mechanical piping racks were prefabricated off-site in winter and spring 2021 while the concrete building frame was constructed. These racks were ready to install as soon as the concrete cured.
Photo of laboratory principal investigator (PI) offices
Drywall partitions are complete and awaiting glass fronts in the laboratory principal investigator (PI) offices.
A view of the south side of the Interdisciplinary Research Facility.
A view of the south side of the Interdisciplinary Research Facility.

The Interdisciplinary Research Facility, located inside Ohio State’s Innovation District, is 57% complete. Construction updates on the five-story, 305,000 square foot building include:

  • On the penthouse floor, exterior metal siding work is almost wrapped up, and the installation of four large air handling units is complete. A specialty exhaust system with four entropic heat wheels continues throughout the penthouse. The wheels are anticipated to lower heating and cooling bills by approximately 30%.
  • Brickwork on the west side of the facility is finished, and the north side is expected to be fully in place by the end of February 2022.
  • Windows have been installed throughout most of the facility. Later this spring, the exterior buck hoist elevator on the south side of the facility will be removed, and remaining windows will go in its place.
  • Temporary heat has been turned on for the entire building and is using ENGIE natural gas service. 
  • Drywall installation on the first floor is complete, and second floor drywall hanging began in early February.
  • Installation of the acoustical ceiling gird on the first floor is 20% complete.

The 305,000 square foot facility is scheduled to open June 2023 and will serve multiple research disciplines working together, including biomedical, life sciences, engineering and environmental sciences, among others. In addition, two floors will be dedicated to The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center, including its new Pelotonia Institute for Immuno-Oncology. Each of the five floors of the building will be designed to facilitate collaboration.

View the photo slideshow above to track the project’s progress.

Download project renderings and view live the live construction feed.