Ohio State is taking a major step forward with the development of a new hospital that, combined with modern educational space, will enhance a unified Ohio State Wexner Medical Center complex providing leading-edge research, outstanding clinical training and world-class patient care. The 1.9 million-square-feet inpatient hospital will be the largest single facilities project ever undertaken at Ohio State with up to 820 beds in private-room settings to elevate patient-centered care, safety and training for the next generation of physicians.
Scheduled to open in early 2026, planning is years in the making and advances Framework 2.0, the university’s long-term planning vision, as well as the Wexner Medical Center strategic plan.
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The inpatient hospital has a total project cost of $1.79 billion and will be located east of Cannon Drive. It will create stronger connections with The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC–James), Rhodes Hall, Doan Hall, the Richard M. Ross Heart Hospital and the Brain and Spine Hospital. Additional project details include:
Up to 820 beds, replacing and expanding on the 440 beds in Rhodes Hall and Doan Hall
The OSUCCC–James will gain 148 beds – 84 new and 64 resulting from construction backfilling
60 neonatal intensive care unit bassinets
State-of-the-art diagnostic, treatment and inpatient service areas; emergency department; imaging; operating rooms; and critical care and medical/surgical beds
Renovation of the OSUCCC–James and Ross Heart Hospital for blood bank, support services and building connections
A new inpatient hospital garage with up to 1,887 spaces to serve patients and visitors by replacing the North and South Cannon garages
- Initial BOT Professional Services ApprovalFebruary 2018Design/BiddingMarch 2018 – December 20202019
- Additional BOT Professional Services ApprovalNovember 2019Initial BOT Construction Approval (Enablers)November 20192020
- Full BoT Construction ApprovalAugust 2020ConstructionOctober 2020 – June 20252026
- Facility OpeningMarch 2026
AE/Design Architect: Henningson, Durham & Richardson (HDR)
Walsh/Turner (joint venture)