And live from Columbus, it’s campus construction! Curious students and alumni can observe campus construction in real-time on a new university website.
Time and Change: Building the Future is a university website that provides information on 14 construction projects. The website features interactive timelines, live video feeds, project budgets and information about the architects working on the projects, Dan Hedman, university spokesperson, said.
“In years past, you may have been able to find information about a project on one site or another,” Hedman said. “We were really trying to pool all this information in one place to make it easier on the campus community to find this information.”
The website launched in July to create a central hub for questions about the new construction projects around campus, Hedman said.
The site will be updated with new information as projects receive the Board of Trustees’ approval for design and construction, and live construction feeds will be provided when they break ground, Hedman said.
However, this is not the site for those looking for information on what roads and sidewalks are closed, Hedman said. The website instead focuses on bigger projects happening around Ohio State’s Columbus campus.
The website was created after the university’s strategic plan, Framework 2.0, was approved for its first five major development projects — the Arts District, Interdisciplinary Health Science Center, Interdisciplinary Research Facility, Inpatient Hospital and Outpatient Care West Campus, Hedman said.
Framework 2.0 was designed to provide a vision for how the different districts that make up the university can be updated, Hedman said.
Mark Conselyea, associate vice president of Facilities Operations and Development, said in an email that Framework 2.0 looks toward the campus’ future.
“Time and Change projects represent a significant investment in the future of our campus,” Conselyea said. “We are focused on building facilities that will advance the university’s academic mission and support growth in areas of arts, research and health care for decades to come.”
The cost of Framework 2.0 is unknown because it will take place in the next 30 years, Hedman said. It involves only the Columbus campus, but there is a process in place aimed at developing frameworks for regional campuses as well.
“The construction going on now will eventually be the home for the next generation of students to learn, grow and work together,” Hedman said.