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COLUMBUS, OHIO — Construction has begun for a $1 billion healthcare and research center at Ohio State University in Columbus. The Ohio State University Medical Center ProjectONE will be a 1 million-square-foot complex located on the school's south campus. The new facility will contain space for patient treatment and academic medical research.

The focal point of the project will be a 19-story tower. Its top eight floors will contain the 276-bed Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital. Seven of the cancer hospital's floors will provide acute patient care, and one floor will be devoted to bone marrow transplant patients. The middle three floors of the tower will contain critical care facilities. Finally, the tower will contain the Richard J. Solove Research Institute.

The complex will also contain a 144-bed critical care building along with integrated spaces for research, education and patient care. The main entry to the facility will feature a multi-story pedestrian concourse accessing the cancer center, critical care, and diagnostic and treatment facilities. The project will be seeking LEED-Silver certification.

Completion for the project is expected in 2014. This expansion to Ohio State's healthcare options will serve an additional 10,000 inpatients and 300,000 ambulatory visits annually. It is estimated that the project will generate 5,000 new construction jobs and, upon its completion, 6,000 jobs at the new medical center. HOK and Moody-Nolan are serving as project architects. Turner Construction Co. and Bovis Lend Lease are managing the project's construction.

— Coleman Wood

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