When The Ohio State University Board of Trustees met on Thursday, it moved forward with an extraordinarily large and important project on the Columbus campus.
It also approved a joint use agreement that will introduce a new and exciting new opportunity for students at OSU Mansfield.
The Ohio State University Board of Trustees approved moving forward on the largest single facilities project ever undertaken at the institution – a new 1.9 million-square-foot inpatient hospital that will enhance leading-edge research, clinical training and world-class patient care.
The board approved professional services and construction contracts to build the Wexner Medical Center Inpatient Hospital. Scheduled to open in early 2026, the hospital has a total project cost of $1.79 billion. More on this project can be obtained here.
The project will be funded with auxiliary (health system) funds, university debt and fundraising.
In addition to several other items, the board approved a $700,000 increase in professional services and construction contracts for the Morehouse chiller and electrical distribution project, which will enhance infrastructure and address aging building systems in support of clinic operations. Total project budget is $4.7 million to be paid with health system funds.
Trustees approved another measure which will is certain to have a positive impact for OSU students closer to home, in the form of a 20-year joint use agreement with Raemelton Therapeutic Equestrian Center Inc.
OSU was allocated $90,000 in the 2019-20 state capital bill specifically designated for use by Raemelton for the construction and renewal of facilities, greenhouse and equine therapy space in Mansfield.
Before the appropriation is released, the Ohio Department of Higher Education requires a joint use agreement between the university and Raemelton. Raemelton will offer internships to Ohio State students and make space in its facilities available for the university’s use.
Photos from our visit to Raemelton taken during the 2017 RichHistory Weekend can be seen here.
Source: The Ohio State University