Projects on education and research facilities at Ohio State University approved

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Two new significant construction projects on education and research facilities at Ohio State University have been approved. The University’s Board of Trustees approved the projects in a recent meeting.

Particularly, the board approved contracts for Phase 2 of the new Biomedical and Materials Engineering Complex (BMEC) for the College of Engineering. BMEC Phase 2 will be 125,000 square feet and cost $90 million.

The Mars G. Fontana Laboratories was the project’s first phase. It brought together the departments of materials science and engineering and biomedical engineering. It was completed in August 2020.

The second phase of the project, dubbed “The Gateway to Engineering,” will feature facilities including STEM-focused teaching labs, a leadership suite for the College of Engineering Leadership, and room for the electrical engineering department’s materials research division.

In September 2025, the new facility is expected to be finished.

The second of the two projects for education and research facilities at Ohio State University

The Board also authorized the final $49 million of Campbell Hall’s $61.2 million makeover, which will house the College of Education and Human Ecology. According to a university news release, funding is coming from individual donations, state-awarded monies, and university finances. The project should be finished in June 2025.

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The university is reportedly also completing construction on a number of projects slated to open in the upcoming months, according to local press. The Pelotonia Research Center, which has five stories, recently held a ribbon-cutting celebration. In June, Newton Hall, which is a part of the College of Nursing, will finish its renovations.

A facility for outpatient cancer research and treatment called the James Outpatient Care is scheduled to debut in July. With the completion of the new Department of Theatre, Film, and Media Arts building, which is anticipated to open in time for the fall, construction on the university’s new Arts District will come to an end.

Additionally, an October opening is expected for the 66,000-square-foot Energy Advancement and Innovation Center.