The Ohio State University, Ohio Union

Columbus, Ohio

  • FIRM

    Moody Nolan, Inc.


    The Ohio State University

  • AREA

    318,000 sq.ft.





The physical organization of the built form as well as its careful blend of traditional campus forms and contemporary technology, flexibility and detailing all derive from the students' vision of a warm, collegiate atmosphere that exudes pride of place and reinforces all ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$278.30CITATIONCollegiate CitationFEATURED IN2013 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYStudent Centers/Service Areas “Buckeye.”

Organized around a central three-story Great Hall flooded with clerestory natural light, it serves as a literal crossroads of campuswide and internal circulation paths linking individually articulated spaces. Each program element creates a strong spatial identity over-lain with a branding of the history and traditions of the university.

All of the union’s unique interior environments have strong but diverse relationships to the exterior. Through careful design, “intersections” of mixed use, indoor/outdoor, students/community and campus with city create and reinforce “union” as a special place for people. Certified as a LEED silver building, the students' vision meshed with the administrative goals of a facility that is a both a steward of the environment and a value that will stand the test of time.  

“This facility contains a well-composed mosaic of spaces. Wow!”--2013 jury