Chemical Bimolecular Engineering and Chemistry Building, Ohio State University
Columbus, Ohio, USA
235,000 square feet / 22,000 square meters
The Chemical and Bimolecular Engineering and Chemistry Building substantially increases OSU’s capacity for interdisciplinary research in the chemical sciences and engineering. Home to research in chemical/materials synthesis and characterization, cell and tissue culture, and biological processing and characterization, the building will also support advanced scientific computing. Light-filled and open, it includes gathering spaces for researchers and students, reinforcing the collaborative atmosphere of the labs.
Located in the science sector of OSU’s main campus, the building overlooks Woodruff Avenue and defines a new campus quadrangle known as the North Green. A diagonal path through the North Green connects the Oval, OSU’s most important outdoor public space, to the North Housing district beyond Woodruff.
The building is comprised of a 4-story lab wing and a 6-story office tower connected by bridges at the second, third and fourth floors. The tower wing contains administrative suites and dry labs for computational theory on the first five floors and a double-height undergraduate lounge on the top floor. More intimate lounges are located in the glass connector between the two wings. In the lab wing, there are 42 wet labs on the upper floors. The ground floor contains classrooms, teaching labs known as “design classrooms,” a lecture hall and a large gathering space. An additional level of classrooms is below grade.
While the lab wing sits solidly on the ground, the tower wing is raised on inset columns, giving it the appearance of floating above the curving glass wall that encloses the pre-function space and tilts toward the Green. The columns also allow the landscape to flow around and through the ground floor, extending the use of the building to the outdoors.
Designed to attain LEED Silver, the building includes high-performance building systems and advanced materials for energy efficiency. For additional energy savings, heat recovered from fume hoods will be reused in the HVAC system.