The One Ohio State Framework Plan is a dynamic structure for guiding change in the physical environment at one of the largest universities in the country. It supports the university’s strategic “Discovery Themes”: a trans-disciplinary vision where diverse stakeholders collaborate to solve world problems. The connection between the framework and the university’s strategic plan is fundamental; the dialogue required by their co-development enriched both. It is comprehensive in nature, incorporating academics and research; the arts; athletics and recreation; the health sciences and hospitals; residential life; the neighborhood community; the river, landscape and open space; transportation and parking; energy and infrastructure; and sustainability. The framework revolves around guiding principles, a long-term vision for the campus, a series of scenarios and priority projects, and an innovative decision support system that ensures on-going planning is data-driven. Significant change has resulted: the first substantive “no net new space” policy in the country; a new integrated organizational structure that links academic, physical, and financial planning; two re-imagined residential districts, each with thousands of beds; a new chemical sciences academic building that integrates multiple colleges; the removal of a major dam on the Olentangy River; a reimagined highly-functional street network; and a billion dollar hospital expansion. For these achievements, The One Ohio State Framework Plan won both the SCUP Award for Institutional Innovation and Integration and the ASLA Award of Excellence.
DumontJanks team members led the development of the above project while employed by Sasaki Associates, Inc. DumontJanks is not associated with Sasaki.