Creating Campus Connections

n mid-March, Planning, Architecture and Real Estate hosted the third series of scenario planning workshops on campus as part of the Framework 3.0 updates to the university’s long-term master plan. Sessions focused on the geographic area between Cannon Drive, Neil Avenue, Herrick Drive and King Avenue, where the majority of the Wexner Medical Center and health science colleges spaces are located. Considerations shared during the workshops are also being layered onto the medical center’s facilities optimization plan, which looks forward 10 years to needed renovations and investments as well as patient experience. 

Participants discussed opportunities to bring academic programming currently located along this geographic perimeter closer toward the academic center of the health sciences district. The group also explored locations and adjacencies for expanded research in the district. The street character of district roadways was reviewed with ideas about ways to improve the pedestrian experience along Herrick drive and facilitate streamlined traffic flow along 12th Avenue as a primary service road corridor.  Efficient roadway and pedestrian connections between the health sciences district and other areas of campus, including linkages to the Kinnear Road corridor are also being explored.

Framework 3.0 planning will continue through April. During the summer months of 2023, the planning team will develop a draft plan, with a final plan presented to the Board of Trustees in the fall.