College of Nursing Expansion + Renovation Planning | The Ohio State University

Campus health and wellness planning.

In response to significant health and wellness needs in Central Ohio and throughout the State, Midwest and Nationally, the OSU College of Nursing has significantly grown both the capacity and the diversity of its nursing education programming over the past six years, and has positioned Ohio State as a leader in the field. With the College outgrowing its home in Newton Hall, built in 1967 and mostly unchanged since then, expansion and renovation needs became a pressing concern and priority for both the College and University, prompting this planning study intended to leverage renovations and an expansion to Newton Hall to support a vibrant future in nursing education at Ohio State.

Situated prominently on a gateway corner to both main campus and the Wexner Medical Center, Newton Hall sits within an unassuming mid-century sub-campus with ample green space, that also includes buildings that currently house the College of Medicine and Wexner Medical Center administrative offices. Set between a tree-lined Victorian residential neighborhood to the south, and a strongly historical University district to the north, the planning study identified salient design parameters for the future architectural project, including responsiveness to these local and historical influences, and preservation of the campus greenway setting.

Positing a highly transparent corner addition that would both engage the street and leverage the exceptional visibility of this gateway site to extend the College's mission of advancing wellness, proposed planning solutions included:

  • Highly activated student commons and atrium spaces supporting a healthy organizational culture
  • Collaborative meeting and conference spaces to include advanced audio-visual systems
  • Integrated circulation paths intended to inspire and facilitate integrated work-day activity
  • Nutrition education teaching and outreach facilities
  • Flexible office clusters supporting collaborative research, teaching and clinical practice Centers of Excellence
  • Classroom spaces designed to support contemporary teaching pedagogy
  • Accessible and prominent student success guidance and support spaces
  • Innovative clinical spaces housing the College's Institute for Optimal Health and Wellness.

Recommendations further included designing to meet WELL Building Standards, leveraging the building design itself to advance the College's mission to lead the way towards enhancing student health and well-being, campus-wide.

Planning outcomes resulted in a successful submission for State funding support for the project.