Ohio State University trustees approve construction and sustainability projects
The Ohio State University Board of Trustees today approved investing in projects that support the strategic priorities of academic health care, operational excellence and resource stewardship, and teaching and learning.
The board, on recommendation of the finance committee, tabled proposals to create endowments from funding received through the Comprehensive Energy Management transaction.
Construction and professional service contracts approved
The board authorized the university to enter into professional service and construction contracts for programming studies for the following projects:
- Wexner Medical Center Inpatient Hospital. Trustees approved $70.8 million in professional services contracts for design of a new inpatient hospital tower, including two parking garages.
- Advanced Materials Corridor – Phase 1. The project will renovate Koffolt and Fontana Labs. Trustees approved $5.7 million in construction contracts for phase 1, which includes enabling work, demolition and site utility work. Total project budget is $59.1 million to be paid with university, donor and state funds.
- Newton Hall – Renovation and Addition. Trustees approved $1.3 million in professional services contracts for design of an addition and renovation for Newton Hall. Total project cost will be determined through design.
Utility system capital improvements approved
The board authorized Ohio State Energy Partners LLC to make capital improvements to university utility systems. Ohio State Energy Partners is the university’s energy concessionaire, created when Ohio State selected Engie and Axium Infrastructure to manage the university’s utility system. It will spend about $14.5 million on six projects over the next two years.
- Dreese Laboratory energy conservation measures. The project will use strategic facility improvements to reduce energy consumption of the building by 35 percent. Estimated cost: $2.3 million.
- Campus interior lighting upgrade, Phase 1. The project will upgrade existing interior lighting to LED equipment in approximately 50 buildings. Estimated cost: $3.4 million.
- McCracken boiler controls upgrade. The project will upgrade electronic combustion controls, safety shutdown systems and/or instrumentation components for five McCracken boilers that have reached or surpassed life expectancy. Estimated cost: $6.2 million.
- Natural gas system upgrade. The project will make modifications to the natural gas system to reduce risk and ensure regulatory compliance. Estimated cost: $540,000.
- Morehouse chiller electrical work. The project adds electrical distribution system upgrades to the previously approved Martha Morehouse chiller and electrical distribution project. Estimated cost is $130,000.
- College Avenue infrastructure (Design). The project will design the utility systems infrastructure along College Avenue in conjunction with the university’s Arts District. Estimated cost: $1.8 million.
Personnel actions approvedThe board approved the following personnel appointments and reappointments:
- Ahmad Al-Jallad has been appointed associate professor and holder of the M.S. Sofia Chair in Arabic Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences effective Aug. 16, 2018 through Aug. 15, 2023.
- John L. Brooke has been named professor and holder of The Warner Woodring Chair in History in the College of Arts and Sciences effective Jan. 1, 2018 through Aug. 14, 2023.
- Christopher A. Holtmann has been named head men’s basketball coach in the Department of Athletics effective June 9, 2017 through June 30, 2025.
- Igor B. Jouline has been named professor and holder of the Rod Sharp Professorship in Microbiology in the College of Arts and Sciences effective Aug. 16, 2018 through Aug. 15, 2022.
- John Lane has been named vice president and chief investment officer in the Office of Investments effective Oct. 28, 2017 through Oct. 31, 2020.
- Gail Marsh has been named vice president and chief strategy officer in the Office of the President effective Jan. 1, 2018.
- Christine M. Thomas has been appointed professor and holder of the Robert K. Fox Professorship in Chemistry in the College of Arts and Sciences effective Sept. 1, 2017 through Aug. 15, 2021.
- Claire Verschraegen has been appointed visiting professor and holder of the Diane Nye and Michael Rayden Chair in Innovative Cancer Research in the Comprehensive Cancer Center - Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute effective June 1, 2017 through May 31, 2021.
- Alexander Wendt has been named professor and holder of the Ralph D. Mershon Professorship in National Security Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences effective Sept. 1, 2014 through Aug. 31, 2019.
- Yiying Wu has been named professor and holder of the Phyllis and Richard Leet Endowed Chair in Chemistry in the College of Arts and Sciences effective Sept. 1, 2017 through Aug. 15, 2021.
- Anil Arya has been reappointed professor and holder of the John J. Gerlach Chair in Accounting in the Fisher College of Business effective July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2023.
- Itzhak Ben-David has been reappointed professor and holder of the Neil Klatskin Chair in Finance and Real Estate in the Fisher College of Business effective Sept. 1, 2018 through Aug. 31, 2023.
- Christopher F. Gelpi has been reappointed professor and holder of the Chair of Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution at the Mershon Center for International Security Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences effective Jan. 1, 2018 through Aug. 14, 2023, and also director of the Mershon Center effective Jan. 1, 2018 through June 30, 2022.
- Michael S. Weisbach has been reappointed professor and holder of the Ralph W. Kurtz Chair in Finance in the Fisher College of Business effective Sept. 1, 2018 through Aug. 31, 2023.
Trustees approved awarding a bachelor of music degree to Yusuke Tanaka retroactive to spring semester 2015. The student had completed his coursework and applied on time to graduate, but one of his grades was not turned in on time. He was not aware that he had not received a diploma until asked by his employer.
Trustees also approved the awarding of the honorary doctor of science degree to Dr. Atul Gawande, an influential and world-renowned medical educator, and the awarding of the honorary doctor of humane letters degree to Carla D. Hayden, Librarian of Congress.
Foundation report accepted
The board accepted The Ohio State University Foundation report as of Dec. 31, 2017, which includesthe establishment of The Christos Yessios Endowed Professorship, the Robert S. Livesey Professorship in Architecture; the Jeffrey B. Gudenkauf International Scholarship Fund; the 100% TBDBITL Endowed Scholarship Fund; and 33 additional named endowed funds providing $5.9 million in private support to the university.
Optometry Clinic named
Trustees approved naming the optometry clinic in Outpatient Care Upper Arlington as the Essilor Optometry Clinic. The naming recognizes Essilor of America., Inc., which has provided significant contributions to support the College of Optometry and construction and renovation of its facilities.
Technology suite named
The board approved naming the technology suite in Saxbe Auditorium as the Porter Wright Estabrook Trust Technology Suite. The naming recognizes the Hubert A. & Gladys C. Estabrook Charitable Trust, which has provided significant contributions to support the Moritz College of Law and construction and renovation of its facilities.
Hospital for Companion Animals spaces named
The board approved the naming of exam rooms within the new Veterinary Medical Center Hummel & Trueman Hospital for Companion Animals in recognition of donors who have provided significant contributions to support the new facility:
Room 1018 – The Class of 1982 Exam Room
Room 1020 – The Class of 1989 Exam Room
Room 1043A – The Harry Potter Isolation Exam Room
In addition, the board approved the naming of internal spaces at the facility in recognition of the donor’s wishes to honor the donor’s dogs for their companionship; Dr. David Wilkie, Dr. Anne Metzler and Kelly Norris, RVT for the excellent care provided to the dogs and horses; and Dr. Mary McLoughlin and Dr. Johnathan Dyce for the excellent care provided to the dogs.
Room 1060 – The Sky, Nikki, Bear, Jason, Buffy, Hug-A-Bear, Panda, Tippy, Sara-Bear, Snickers and Love-A-Bear Induction Preparation Room
Room 1145 – Dr. David Wilkie, Dr. Anne Metzler and Kelley Norris, RVT Ophthalmology Treatment Room
Room 1037 – Dr. Mary McLoughlin and Dr. Jonathan Dyce Surgery Treatment Room
The board also approved naming the facility’s operating room as the William and Mary Fingland Operating Room in recognition of William and Mary Fingland, whose son, Dr. Roger Fingland, has provided extensive contributions to the college and the expansion project.
Trustees approved an easement of 0.4 acres to the City of Columbus for vehicular and pedestrian traffic control devices and a roadway retaining wall for $1 as part of the Cannon Drive relocation project.
Faculty rules amended
Trustees approved amendments to the Rules of the University Faculty pertaining to definitions and locations of schools, departments, divisions and sections; and secretary of the university senate.
Resolutions in memoriam approved
The board adopted resolutions in memoriam for the following persons:
- Jean Dearth Dickerscheid, professor emeritus of family relations and human development, who died on Oct. 9, 2017.
- Peter E. Geier, senior lecturer and executive in residence at Fisher College of Business and former COO of the Wexner Medical Center and CEO of the health system, who died on Nov. 14, 2017.
- Virginia N. Gordon, assistant dean emeritus for University College, who died on Nov. 21, 2017.
- Louise B. Guthman, professor emeritus of dance, who died on Dec. 17, 2017
- Francis E. Hazard, dean and director emeritus of The Ohio State University at Marion, who died on July 3, 2017.
- Bernard J. “Bud” LaLonde, professor emeritus in the Department of Marketing and Logistics, who died on Dec. 1, 2017.
- Thomas J. McNutt, professor emeritus with OSU Extension in the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, who died December 13, 2017.
- Martha Nell Stratton, Faculty Emeritus at the Fisher College of Business, who died on Dec. 8, 2016.