The Ohio State University


Mixed-Use Campus Development Programming, Operations And Financial Review, Design Management, And Implementation Support

In 2013 The Ohio State University selected B&D, along with HKS Architects and Messer Construction, to lead the programming of 10 new facilities for the university’s north residential district. Known as the North Residential District Transformation (NRDT), this $305 million development is intended to provide the facilities needed to support the University’s innovative Second-Year Transformational Experience Program (STEP), the purpose of which is to enrich the campus experience of second-year students in the classroom and beyond. STEP will use the newly programmed space–which includes two foodservice facilities, a recreation center, and eight new residence halls–by expanding the live-on requirement to two years and providing second-year students with an opportunity to be more engaged in the campus community through enhanced academic offerings and experiences. We remained engaged with the NRDT during the implementation phase by managing program reporting, tracking the district-wide schedule, and overseeing the change management process. Over the course of the NRDT’s development, we coordinated and oversaw the following elements of the planning and implementation processes:

• Development of a comprehensive program of requirements for the 10 facilities
• Management of the district-wide schedule for internal team coordination and owner use
• Weekly schedule review and coordination for each of the buildings under construction
• Preparation of the monthly program report for issuance to the University’s NRDT stakeholder group and campus administrators
• Oversight of the change management process, including RFI tracking, change order review, and budget reconciliation

The program calls for 3,600 new and replacement beds, doubling the number of north district residents from 3,200 to 6,400 upon completion. The anticipated 1.2 million SF development will include 3,876 residential beds in 10 buildings, a recreation center, several dining venues, and student common areas. The resulting campus expansion will create five unique neighborhoods. The first phase was completed in 2015 and consisted of the following facilities:

• Torres House (532 beds)
• Scott House (390 beds)
• Raney House (456 beds)
• Bowen House (380 beds)

The second phase will be completed in 2016.