Ohio State University – Student Academic Services / Acock Associates Architects

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A main gateway to The State University campus in Columbus, , the once 400-car surface parking lot has been transformed into the Student Academic Services building with a connected nine deck parking garage.  The new Student Academic Services building houses the following:  Student Financial Aid, Testing Center, Office of Minority Affairs, Registrar’s Office, Bursar’s Office and other admission services.

More after the break.

Architect: Acock Associates Architects
Location: Columbus, Ohio, United States
Landscape Architect: MSI
Civil Engineer: Columbus Engineering Consultants, Inc
Structural Engineer: Shelley Metz Baumann Hawk & Desman Associates
MEP Engineer: Heapy Engineering, Inc
FF&E: Interior Space
Client: The
Project Area: Student Academic Services 127,400 sqf / Lane Avenue Parking Garage 449,160 sqf
Photography: Matthew Carbone

© Matthew Carbone
© Matthew Carbone

The building design required the following:

  • large scale marker for the campus entry, yet approachable by both pedestrian and vehicular traffic
  • model of sustainable design
  • recognize the Fisher College of Business/Blackwell Inn complex directly adjacent to the south, yet create a unique and contemporary identity as a building used for student services
  • modest construction budget requiring constant evaluation to maximize the building efficiency and meet the other design goals with limited financial resources
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The design suggested a shared common wall that could eliminate significant solar heat gain at the south wall of the occupied building; the garage decks shading the entire wall surface. Energy use modeling illustrated significant percentage savings in energy consumption with this design.  60% of the building fenestration orients to the north, eliminating unwanted glare and solar heat gain. Windows that orient to the west, framing views of Ohio Stadium and longer views of the Olentangy River, are deeply recessed to provide maximum shading.

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The building is 300 ft long but only 70 ft deep allowing all open workspaces to be adjacent to the perimeter. Private offices are located inboard, with glass walls paralleling the exterior north glazing. The organization provides day lighting and views to the exterior from all occupied work locations.

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The square configuration of the Lane Avenue Parking Garage maximizes its capacity and minimizes its footprint, by matching the building height to the Student Academic Services building.  By this efficient and thoughtful design there was enough space to provide an adjacent playing field for students.

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A cantilevered “porch” (40 ft deep) protects the main pedestrian entry to the SAS building. The cantilever protrudes to the west past the limits of the parking garage providing interest to the building while creating a functional covered entrance that is very visible at this gateway to campus. This 14 ft high space creates a scale that is pedestrian friendly and allows for protected outside events.

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Fenestration patterns were designed to give texture to a large, simple building that would otherwise be overwhelming to pedestrians. LED lighting at the garage stainless steel fabric articulates this texture at night. Brick that matches the Fisher College was used, maintaining a consistent color pallet. However, the detailing of the brick creates a unique contemporary design at this important entrance to campus.

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Cite: "Ohio State University – Student Academic Services / Acock Associates Architects" 14 Nov 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed 30 Aug 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=88231>

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