Framework 3.0

Framework 3.0

Campus Master Plan

Framework 3.0 is Ohio State’s next iteration of the campus master plan and updates two previous Columbus campus master planning documents, published in 2010 and 2017.

Planning priority focus areas include the academic core with enhanced classrooms and teaching labs, Carmenton, the university’s innovation district, and strengthening east-west connections along Woody Hayes Drive and Lane Avenue. The plan envisions expanded services and facilities for the Wexner Medical Center and health sciences and focuses on core campus areas in need of renovation or future construction that will support enhanced educational experiences and prepare the university to grow responsibly.

The plan was shaped by the Buckeye community through feedback from surveys, workshops and open houses and was approved by the Board of Trustees on August 17, 2023. 

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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.

Planning Districts


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Core North


  • Infill and renovate to improve programmatic adjacencies and meet space needs.
  • Strengthen open space and mobility connections and legibility. 
  • Provide an equitable experience for student success and discovery. 
Priority Projects in District
  • Residence Hall Renovations
  • Evans Lab Replacement
  • Classroom and Teaching Lab Building
  • Future Academic Building
  • Woody Hayes Corridor Improvement
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River and Midwest


  • Strengthen east-west connectivity to and from the districts
  • Leverage university and city transit and infrastructure
  • Address facility condition issues through renewal and replacement
  • Engage the river
Priority Projects in District
  • OSU Transit Hub
  • Bus Rapid Transit Stops
  • CFAES Interdepartmental Building
  • Woody Hayes Corridor Improvement
  • Riverfront Activation
  • Overpass Improvements
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  • Focus Phase 1 development in northeast corner
  • Leverage existing roads and infrastructure
  • Connect east
  • Enhance and expand existing landscape to create a greensward
  • Provide places for innovation and a mix of densities across the district
Priority Projects in District
  • Plaza and Energy Advancement and Innovation Center
  • Greensward
  • Interdisciplinary Research Facility 2
  • Center for Entrepreneurship and Commercialization
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Health Sciences and Wexner Medical Center


  • Improve programmatic adjacencies in district
  • Improve facility condition and adequacy through renovation and replacement
  • Strengthen connections and legibility
  • Provide space for future growth
Priority Projects in District
  • Ross Heart Hospital Expansion
  • Health Sciences Academic Buildings
  • CCC / Wiseman Replacement
  • Riverfront Activation
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Core South


  • Accommodate unmet housing demand
  • Improve housing quality
  • De-densify housing rooms
  • Provide gathering, dining, recreation and wellness spaces to support community
  • Activate and define open spaces
Priority Projects in District
  • Resident Hall Renovations
  • Ohio Union Events Lawn Improvements
  • New Recreation Facility (South Campus)
  • Mirror Lake Hollow Improvements
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Student Life


  • Accommodate unmet housing demand
  • Improve housing quality
  • De-density housing rooms
  • Provide gathering, dining, recreation and wellness spaces to support community
  • Activate and define open spaces
Student Life Priority Projects
  • Residence Hall Renovations
  • New Recreation Facility (South Campus)
  • New Dining Facilities
  • Additional Turf Fields


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

Regional Campus Framework

View plans for The Ohio State University regional campus framework plans.

Time and Change

The Ohio State University is building the campus of the future to support teaching, learning and research. In conjunction with Ohio State’s strategic plan and Framework, the university’s long-term planning vision, key projects are emerging across the Columbus campus. Time and Change: Building the Future

Framework 3.0 News

After more than 14 months of university-wide engagement through listening sessions, open houses, surveys and more, the Framework 3.0 campus master plan was approved by Ohio State’s Board of Trustees on August 17, 2023.

During the August 2023 Ohio State Board of Trustees meeting, Amanda Hoffsis, Vice President of Planning, Architecture and Real Estate, shared that Framework 3.0 provides a roadmap for the university over the next several decades. A major theme of the plan is connection.

A new campus master plan guiding long-term growth will be presented to The Ohio State University’s Board of Trustees on Thursday.