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Board approves construction projects

Construction projects will have to be approved by the full Board on Friday. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Managing Editor for Design

The Board of Trustees Finance Committee approved a resolution on Thursday to enter into professional services and construction contracts for four construction projects planned by Ohio State.

The resolution included projects approved by the Wexner Medical Center Board on Wednesday, which were the renovations of Doan Hall’s sixth and seventh floor neonatal intensive care unit and also the renovation of the west wing of the Ohio State University Hospital East.

The other two projects were the renovations to the Service Building Annex and also the renovations of old Koffolt and Fontana Lab (the Advanced Materials Corridor project).

Renovations to old Koffolt and Fontana Labs would include research labs, offices and classrooms, along with site utilities. The total budget for the project is $59.1 million, with funding coming from university debt, development funds, university funds and state funds.

The Service Building Annex Renovation, with a $7 million budget all coming from University funds, will combine the Facilities Operations and Development and Transportation and Traffic Management bus and vehicle maintenance facility, which would eliminate inventory and duplicate serve and space.

The project also would include mechanical, electrical and plumbing upgrades, ventilation meeting alternative fuel vehicle maintenance, expanded vehicle maintenance areas and consolidated administrative offices.

The Advanced Materials Corridor Project is slated to be completed in December 2019 and the Service Building Annex Renovation is to be completed in April 2020.

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