Research Building 3 - Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio values themselves on being a place where a child can receive the best care anywhere in the world. The hospital says it’s “the place where curing and caring go hand-in-hand.” It’s a mission that’s important to the hospital and the people of Columbus, a city of approximately 730,600 located 65 miles from Dayton and 95 miles from Cincinnati. To uphold this pledge, a massive expansion was needed of the hospital’s current facilities.
The $1 billion expansion consists of several facilities; a new main hospital, Clinical Research center, West Campus research center, expanded green space, Livingston Avenue garage, central energy plant and the Ronald McDonald House. The expansion is being done in phases over several years. In 2012, the hospital completed another phase, Research Building 3, part of West Campus.
This project is a 6-story, $80 million building that grew the existing research campus at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. The 200,000 square foot building houses research laboratories and clinical space. SMBH worked closely with the owner and the Construction Manager and the design team to determine the most appropriate structural system for the building. After looking at numerous systems, a cast in place concrete, post tensioned system was chosen. This system provides a cost effective structure, a shallow structure that allows for lower floor to floor heights, and the performance that the owner requires.