Counting Floors


So what floor has the construction at the new James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute and Critical Care Center reached at this point? Well, it all depends on how you count the floors.

In this photo, you can see a large blue box inside the steel structure. That is one of the air handling units housed on the 7th floor of the tower, which is the mechanical floor. The heating, cooling and electrical equipment on the mechanical floor actually takes up three stories of space, making the next floor the 10th floor.

The 10th, 11th and 12th floors will house Ohio State’s Critical Care Center. There will be no 13th floor listed in the tower, making the next floor the 14th floor, which will be home to the Blood and Marrow Transplant Unit. The tallest points of steel in this photo mark the 15th floor, which will be one of the hospital’s acute cancer care floors.

The large concrete structure in the center of the construction is the new hospital’s west elevator core, which is currently 18 stories tall. The tower cranes will be jumped near the end of March to complete the remaining three-and-a-half stories of the elevator core and assist with the completion of the steel framework. There are six more floors that need to be added on the east end of the building and eight more floors on the west end.

The topping out of the building is projected for mid to late May.


2 responses to “Counting Floors

  1. I understand that there will be 22 floors. The tallest building on the campus. Since it seemed to be in one of the “jet ways’ to the airport, was there a variance needed because of the height?

    • Erin-Expansion Team Member

      Although the top floor will officially be the 21st floor, we do not have a 3rd floor or 13th floor. We are about the same height as Lincoln and Morrell tower. No variance was needed.

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