Before this project, Ohio State’s Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) and Office of Distance Education and eLearning (ODEE) were scattered at various sites around Columbus. The vision and goal for the design was to bring together OCIO and ODEE into one space, to provide a flagship facility for the OCIO that is on the same level as corporate peers and to integrate state of the art technology into all areas of the workspace to convey leadership and expertise in the technology industry.
To consolidate these groups into the designated facility required a complete renovation of the 75,000 SF Mount Hall building on OSU’s West Campus. The building was converted from a former academic facility to primarily offices and collaboration spaces for the OCIO and ODEE. There will also be common building support spaces including a large cafe for staff. Most existing interior walls, partitions and ceilings will be removed to create open office space with exposed ceilings; openings will be created in exterior walls to provide views to the outside and bring natural light into the interior of the building.
The project was awarded Outstanding Design – Post Secondary Education – 2019 Architectural Portfolio from American School & University.