When the main library at Ohio State was expanded and renovated, OSU consolidated its collections there, leaving space within Mason Hall. Kallman McKinnell and Wood, the original designers of the building, worked in collaboration with Bialosky on the design for the renovation. The project began with space programming and planning effort to determine the best use of the space. The team also planned how the construction would be phased to allow the continued use of the rest of the building and to coordinate the delivery of equipment with the construction on the adjacent street.
The ﬁrst ﬂoor of the building is now the well-used student resource center with collaboration spaces, conference rooms, a reading room and a café. A new patio in the courtyard provides outdoor seating for the café and individual or group study. The second ﬂoor of the building is the new state of the art home for several of the Fisher College of Business Institutes and Centers and includes
new offices, shared meeting spaces, and shared ﬂex space for students and other temporary workers. The second ﬂoor rotunda was renovated into a multi-purpose space for group study, receptions, presentations, and symposia. Portions of the third ﬂoor were renovated to provide breakout rooms as well as modiﬁcations to the marketing research computer lab. The penthouse level terrace was enclosed and the captured interior space will be used to convert the penthouse level of the rotunda into a case room for about 54 students. The ﬁnal result ﬁts seamlessly into the existing architecture. Issues of sustainability and commissioning were discussed throughout the project and the project achieved LEED-CI Silver certiﬁcation.
Client: The Ohio State UniversityYear: 2011Firm Responsibility: Architecture, Interior Design, Renovation, LEEDProject Application: Education, WorkplaceProject Size: 31,000 SF