The new James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research and Critical Care Center and related expansion projects have been designed and constructed by internationally renowned firms that specialize in healthcare facilities:
The Medical Center Expansion architecture team includes HOK, a leader in healthcare design, and locally owned and operated Moody Nolan.
Turner and Lend Lease, consistently ranked among the top construction managers of healthcare facilities by Modern Healthcare magazine, are the lead construction managers of the project, with 48 on-site management staff.
The Medical Center Expansion Project Management Office at 630 Ackerman Road oversees all of the teams involved with the design and construction of the new facilities, as well as day-to-day operation and budget for the project.
Although state requirements for EDGE
(Encouraging Diversity, Growth and Equity) participation on the Medical Center Expansion project is 5 percent, University leaders have set a goal of 20 percent participation for EDGE-certified economically- and socially-disadvantaged business enterprises. There has been a strong emphasis on EDGE involvement from subcontractors on all bid packages and trades.
Construction Workforce Development
The workforce development initiatives of the Medical Center Expansion include:
- Partnerships with union and non-union organizations and training institutions.
- Partnerships with local organizations to recruit minority workers and to prepare individuals for apprenticeship applications and interviews.
- National Center for Urban Solutions
- St. Stephens Community House
- OSU Department of African American and African Studies Community Extension Center
- Columbus Urban League
The Medical Center Expansion Project Management office has hosted open houses for local and regional contractors and suppliers to promote partnerships for future bidding opportunities
. Through March 2012, approximately 89 percent of the contracted project work has been placed with Ohio contractors.