The Sunbury News
A proposed innovation district on Ohio State’s west campus is gaining momentum through two proposed buildings that will support research and technology commercialization.
Next week, Ohio State’s Board of Trustees Master Planning and Facilities Committee is expected to review a pair of projects proposed for the university’s west campus – located west of Kenny Road and south of Lane Avenue. Framework 2.0, the university’s long-term planning vision, identified this area for a future innovation district.
The Interdisciplinary Research Facility, originally planned on Columbus’ midwest campus, is now targeted for west campus. The project will deliver an innovative and modern environment to serve multiple disciplines. In addition, Ohio State will seek design approval for a co-located Energy Advancement and Innovation Center, a hub for technology commercialization first outlined in the university’s comprehensive energy management partnership.
“The west campus district is envisioned as a hub to nurture future public-private partnerships that drive research and provide unique learning opportunities for students, faculty and staff,” said Jay Kasey, Ohio State’s senior vice president in the Office of Administration and Planning. “These buildings will be sited together to share programming, reduce square footage and provide programmatic synergies.”