Ohio State University, Fisher College of Business

Columbus, Ohio

  • FIRM

    Karlsberger Companies


    The Ohio State University

  • AREA

    195,000 sq.ft.





(Please note: Area = 126,000 sq. ft. Fisher Hall; 69,000 sq. ft. Gerlach Hall)

“I think we have been a world-class business school. The facilities are now an enabling device rather than a barrier,” says Joseph A. Alutto, dean of the Fisher College of Business. “In the past, we have had a mismatch. The quality of our facilities didn’t match the quality of ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONASSOCIATED FIRMDesign architect: Kallmann McKinnell & Wood; Design Architect: Cooper Robertson & PartnersCAPACITY600COST PER SQ FT$162.00CITATIONPost-Secondary CitationFEATURED IN1999 Architectural Portfolio faculty.”

The Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University is ranked in the top 25 in the country. In response to its desire for the facilities to match the quality of the faculty and students, the university embarked on the planning and design of one of the most sophisticated and technologically advanced business colleges in the United States.

The new complex is the largest multibuilding project ever undertaken in Ohio State’s history, and is one of the few fully integrated management-education campuses in the country. The college features a state-of-the-art computer network, satellite uplink capabilities, video-on- demand and nearly 3,000 computer ports.

The development of the quadrangle of six buildings at the northern edge of the campus creates a new front door for the university. The first phase of the new Fisher College of Business is complete and includes Fisher Hall, the new administration building, and Gerlach Hall, the new Graduate Programs Management building.

Fisher Hall houses offices for 96 faculty and 42 graduate associates, suites for administration and five academic departments, as well as the college’s seven research centers. Fisher also provides conference rooms that incorporate space for meetings and seminars.

Gerlach Hall features tiered and flat classrooms with audiovisual capabilities; communications and computer laboratories; distance-learning capabilities; separate rooms for seminars, breakout sessions and student activities.

The Career Services Center is equipped with the latest in placement technology, including a practice room wired for video and distance interviewing, and interview rooms for on-site company visits. A two-story lounge is included for the graduate students to enjoy.

A special education space in Gerlach Hall is the Stock Market Lab, which houses the student investment-management class. The classroom is networked with NASDAQ and bridge terminals, and provides a viewing area outside of the classroom.

The total program will provide administrative offices; small and large instructional spaces, including a 300-seat auditorium; an executive education facility; and a learning- resources center, featuring both library and computer laboratory facilities—all of which serve undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate students. An executive residence facility is the last phase of the project.

Photographer: ©Robert Benson Photography

"Sound facility...beautiful...great interiors."—1999 jury