Monday, June 21, 2010

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Glass City Jungle » Blog Archive » Ohio State University ProjectONE ground breaking held today – 6,000 direct jobs expected

Earlier today a ground breaking ceremony was held at Ohio State University for ProjectONE, a medical center expansion stated to cost 1 billion dollars and is estimated to create 10,000 jobs by the year 2015. An earlier release by OSU stated this “represents one of the largest job-generating initiatives in Ohio’s history and will result in the creation of 10,000 full-time jobs.”

Governor Strickland was in attendance, some of the others reported earlier expected to attend:

Columbus Mayor Michael B. Coleman and Dr. John E. Niederhuber, Ohio State University College of Medicine alumnus and director of the National Cancer Institute, who will join The Ohio State University Board of Trustees, Ohio State University President E. Gordon Gee, Ohio State University Medical Center CEO Dr. Steven Gabbe and community leaders

Other information from the earlier release that may be of interest to readers of the blog:

Of the full-time jobs created over the course of the project, 6,000 will be at the Ohio State Medical Center. More than 4,000 indirect, full-time jobs will be generated throughout the region from spending by Ohio State, its faculty, staff and visitors. An additional 5,000 construction jobs also will be created. By 2015, ProjectONE will infuse $4.1 billion annually into the Ohio economy.

Once completed, ProjectONE will include a centralized single tower that will house a new Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute along with a new critical care building, integrated spaces for research, education and patient care, and upgrades to existing facilities. This expansion supports high-quality, patient-centric, personalized medicine, which has the potential to make health care more affordable and accessible.

The new facilities will feature private rooms with abundant natural light and visual and physical access to green space, which are proven to have a positive impact on patient healing. Patient rooms on the critical care floors will have an apartment setting designed for families that travel to the OSU Medical Center from a distance.

Located at Cannon Drive and 12th Avenue, the tower will include 276 beds in the new James Cancer Hospital and 144 beds in the new critical care building, and is designed to address capacity issues in the Medical Center’s current facilities. It’s anticipated that ProjectONE will allow the Medical Center to serve 310,000 additional patients annually.

ProjectONE’s state-of-the-art facilities will give scientists, researchers and clinicians the environment they need to collaborate and solve critical and complex health-related issues impacting our nation.

ProjectONE will be certified under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System for its use of sustainable and eco-friendly materials, technology and building practices.

The Ohio State University Board of Trustees approved the project’s architecture and construction plans in September 2009.

Turner and Bovis Lend Lease are leading the construction management of the project, and the architecture team consists of HOK and Moody Nolan.


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