Slideshow: Energy Advancement and Innovation Center

A view of the exterior of the building from the southeast side. An ariel boom Lift can be seen on the side of the building
An exterior view of the building from the southeast side.
A view of the exterior of the building from Kenny Road and West Lane Avenue.
An exterior view of the building from Kenny Road and West Lane Avenue. Here you can see the polycarbonate paneling installed, allowing more natural light into the building.
An up-close shot of the polycarbonate panels being used on parts of the building. The paneling lets more natural light into the building.
An up-close shot of the roughed-in polycarbonate panels on the third floor.
A view from the main entrance of the EAIC looking at the main entrance of the IRF. The area between is dirt right now, but will be turned into a plaza.
A view from the main entrance of the EAIC looking at the main entrance of the Interdisciplinary Research Facility. This area between the two buildings will include a plaza with a ramp for ADA access and an inspiration garden.
A view from the ground floor looking up the cement stair core.
A view of the inside of the stair core looking up from the ground floor. Steel stairs are being installed this week.
A view of the seminar room with windows covering two walls.
A 250-person seminar room on the first floor.
A view of a room that will be used for testing pods. steel beams can be seen going from the floor to the ceiling, with windows covering two walls.
A view of the testing pods on the second floor where crews are working on framing the walls.
A view of the third floor. Crews are working to install support beams across the floor, and duct work on the ceiling.
Crews are installing support for piping and duct work on the third floor.
Two workers on an aerial Boom Lift working on the exterior of the fourth floor while one worker stands inside smiling.
Workers using an aerial Boom Lift to work on the exterior of the fourth floor.
A view from the fourth floor looking southeast. Construction cranes can be seen working on the WMC as well as main campus.
A view looking southeast towards main campus from the fourth floor.

The Energy Advancement and Innovation Center (EAIC) is halfway complete. The facility is co-located at the Carmenton innovation district with the Interdisciplinary Research Facility. EAIC will be 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 and sustainable systems research as well as artificial intellegence.

Crews are currently focusing on putting up curtain walls and steel framing on all four floors. Teams are set to install and turn on heating throughout the building in January 2023. The $48.4 million project is now 50% complete and is on track to open in the fall of 2023.

Construction progress includes:

  • Steel wall framing on third and fourth floors
  • Piping and duct work on the third floor
  • Polycarbonate paneling is roughed in and ready to be installed
  • Stairwell concrete cores are installed, steel stair treads and risers to go up next

The building supports Ohio State’s sustainability goals and will be partially powered by rooftop solar energy. Scroll through the slideshow above to track the project’s progress.