Ohio State Trustees Hear Plans For West Campus ‘Innovation District,’ River Trail and Recreation Fields


By Emily Bench, Columbus Business First, Feb 21, 2019

“Ohio State University’s board of trustees members heard plans for the proposed west campus “innovation district” on Thursday, as well as ideas for an improved Olentangy River trail and centralized recreation fields.

The master planning and facilities committee reviewed plans for two buildings that would anchor this district.

One is the Interdisciplinary Research Facility, which would include research labs, meeting spaces and cafes. The other is an Energy Advancement and Innovation Center for a technology commercialization partnership with energy management company Engie.

“I think both of these (projects) … will end up being one of the biggest things done in the city or on a university campus,” said Alex Fischer, the committee’s chairman. “It could be one of the biggest developments (of its kind) in the Midwest.”

Ohio State is planning a massive innovation district on west campus that could see 12 million square feet of new development.”