Framework 3.0

Campus Master Plan

The Ohio State University is embarking on a study to update the campus master plan, Framework 2.0. The next iteration of the university’s long-term vision for its physical environment, Framework 3.0, will begin with a refresh of baseline facility data and take into consideration, academic and research excellence and facilities strategies, student housing, dining and recreation, campus landscapes and streetscapes, connectivity and mobility, post-pandemic space needs, academic core backfill opportunities, as well as facility condition, deferred maintenance planning and energy targets. The study is expected to be completed by late 2023.

Project Timeline

  • 2022
  • 2023

Framework 3.0 Principles

The planning principles serve as interconnected strategic goals that help guide the Framework Plan decision-making process and provide an important standard by which the plan and its implementation can be assessed. Four Framework 3.0 principles have been identified to support academic and research excellence and will guide decision making:

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Enhance community life through high-quality spaces and resources.

  • Establish interdisciplinary, mixed-use hubs on campus. ​
  • Support access to affordable on- and off-campus housing options.​
  • Invest in amenity spaces that support an equitable, inclusive campus for all.​
  • Create opportunities for interdisciplinary learning, research, and discourse.
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Craft a welcoming, inclusive campus that is uniquely Ohio State.

  • Achieve reasonable comparability of space quality across units and space types. ​
  • Improve mobility and legibility between all areas of campus.​
  • Leverage open spaces as venues for activity and wellness.​
  • Improve campus gateways and edges.
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Promote efficient use of campus space and resources.

  • Optimize and renew existing spaces before increasing GSF.​
  • Reduce energy use, water consumption, and carbon footprint.​
  • Recognize the whole campus as part of the learning environment.​
  • Integrate modern workplace guidelines and increase utilization of academic and research space.
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Make the campus feel smaller through improved mobility and collaboration.

  • Increase multi-modal transit options and infrastructure for cross-campus movement.​
  • Invest in technology and spaces for hybrid and virtual modalities.​
  • Enhance connections, campus character, and hierarchy of spaces through natural systems and landscapes.​
  • Support partnerships and community engagement opportunities on and off campus. 


Frequently Asked Questions

Why is the university pursuing a Framework 3.0?

The framework plan is a living, breathing plan and must be revisited periodically to best support the teaching, research and patient care missions of the university. After making significant progress on Framework 2.0, campus planners have begun engaging faculty, staff and students for the next iteration of the framework through a series of surveys, open meetings and reviews.

What parts of campus or planning focus areas will Framework 3.0 look at?

Framework 3.0 will begin with a refresh of baseline facility data and take into consideration the following areas of focus:

  • Faculty and enrollment growth
  • Research funding goals and facilities strategies
  • Innovation District planning and development
  • Post-pandemic space needs
  • Academic core backfill opportunities
  • Campus landscapes, streets, and connectivity
  • Transportation and mobility
  • Facility condition and deferred maintenance planning

What did Framework 2.0 outline?

Framework 2.0 was a long-term planning vision for the physical development of the Columbus campus in support of Ohio State's strategic plan. Framework 2.0 identified districts, such as the medical center, west campus (now referred to as the innovation district), athletics and more. See complete report.

When were the previous framework plans completed?

The original framework plan was completed in 2010. By 2017, the university had updated the plan through the release of Framework 2.0. Now, Ohio State is once again revisiting the framework plan after completing many of the important initiatives outlined in the previous plans.

What is the planning timeline for Framework 3.0?

Framework 3.0 is a living, flexible plan designed to allow for additions and revisions to meet future needs. The plan will help guide Ohio State’s physical campus during the next decade and beyond. Key milestones are listed below.

What construction projects have been started or completed since Framework 2.0 was announced in 2017?

While each framework plan is a broader planning vision, individual projects over $4 million require Board of Trustees approval. For the latest information on construction related to Framework 2.0, please visit Time and Change: Building the Future.

Framework 2.0

Framework 2.0 Brochure
Framework 2.0 Complete Report


Framework 3.0 Update – November 2022 Board Meeting