Columbus State Community College - Academic Center D
Columbus State Community College has served the educational needs of the growing central Ohio area for more than 40 years. The College has grown from an initial enrollment of 67 students in 1963, to its current thriving student population of more than 23,000. The campus, conveniently located near downtown Columbus on 80 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds, consists of 29 buildings, including the newest facility – the Academic Center D. This new Center, designed in 2005, houses a conference area that includes meeting rooms, a high-tech business center, as well as a kitchen and service space in order to meet the needs of catered functions. As the engineer-of-record, SMBH faced many challenges on this unique project. To begin, long-span radius trusses were necessary to support the roof over the east side of the building, and the onelevel attached preschool structure required a high-bay structure. In order to maximize the efficiency of the building, elevated floor slabs were used so power locations could be located in the floor. These cellular floor decks required an immense amount of detailed coordination. Other challenges included the screening and support of air handlers as well as the cooling towers on the roof, continual reconfiguration of the basement footprint and sidewalk area wells, as well as limited available locations for lateral bracing.