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Framework 3.0

The Ohio State University
An updated campus framework plan provides a long-term vision to enhance community, promote stewardship and inclusion, and improve connectivity.
OSU Illustrative aerial rendering
Columbus, OH
1,700 acres

Ayers Saint Gross has been working with The Ohio State University for more than a decade on a range of planning and programming projects that continue to shape environments for students, faculty, and staff for all six of the university’s campuses. The Framework 3.0 plan is the next iteration of the university’s campus plan, following the Framework 2.0 update in 2017 and the original Campus Framework Plan in 2010.

The guiding principles and objectives for the Framework 3.0 update are centered around community, experience, stewardship, and connectivity in keeping with The Ohio State University’s overall mission of academic and research excellence. Sustainability and wellness are both key goals and lenses through which the other principles can be viewed and evaluated.

The planning process for Framework 3.0 was data-driven and included a thorough analysis of campus needs, including current and future space needs by type, college, and unit. Incorporating projects and planning initiated since 2017, the plan recommends ways to advance strategic research, teaching, and outreach goals. It also includes recommendations for student life — specifically, student housing, dining, recreation and wellness, and support services.

A photo depicts current campus student life conditions. A rendering depicts proposed student life improvements.

Before and After: The South Residential district is enhanced with a new recreation center, dining, and additional housing with better connections across 11th Avenue.

An existing image of Neil Avenue Proposed student life enhancements along Neil Avenue

Before and After: Proposed improvements in the North Core enhance the overall campus experience with increased north-south connectivity, landscape, and branding.

An existing view of Woody-Hayes A rendering of Woody-Hayes with proposed improvements

Before and After: East-west connectivity across campus is enhanced along Woody Hayes Drive, with a new focus on transit and micro-mobility including a protected cycle track, priority lanes for Campus Area Bus Service, and extensive streetscape landscaping. Lane Avenue and 12th Avenue / Herrick Drive / Kinnear Road improvements also strengthen connectivity and movement across campus to Carmenton, the university’s innovation and mixed-use district.

An image of the existing conditions for Hansford Quad. A rendering of proposed changes to Hansford Quad.

Before and After: Proposed changes to Hansford Quad in the North Core establish a greater sense of place and campus identity while new facilities bring enhanced classrooms and teaching labs.

An existing image of Meiling Graves A rendering shows proposed changes to Meiling Graves.

Before and After: The plan envisions expanded services and facilities for the Wexner Medical Center and health sciences colleges. A reimagined Meiling and Graves site will create a new interdisciplinary health sciences complex with enhanced east-west connectivity and open space.

The resulting plan makes recommendations for priority projects (within five years), near- and mid-term projects (five to ten years), and long-term capacity (more than ten years). Recommendations focus on renovation and future construction that will support enhanced educational, residential, and research experiences, and prepare the university to grow responsibly.

OSU 3.0 Final Plan 3D Phasing Legend
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