On September 5, Perspectus took part in the official groundbreaking ceremony for the expansion of The Ohio State University Veterinary Medical Center. The firm was represented by Managing Principal Larry Fischer, AIA, ACHA and Scott Sturm, Associate AIA, LEED AP. Mike Lipowski, AIA, LEED AP serves as Project Manager.
The formal program included remarks from officials including The Ohio State University President Michael V. Drake and Ohio State College of Veterinary Medicine Dean Lonnie King.
Perspectus is Architect of Record for the Enhancement and Expansion of the Veterinary Medical Center, working in partnership with Smith-Miller + Hawkinson Architects as Design Architect.
Construction began in August 2014 for Phase One which includes a newly-renovated Intensive Care Unit for the Hospital for Companion Animals and a free-standing addition to the existing hospital building that will incorporate faculty and staff offices, as well as conference spaces for meetings and teaching.
Dr. Rustin Moore, the Bud and Marilyn Jenne Chair of equine medicine, associate executive dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine, and executive director of the VMC, said, “We look forward to having a facility that reflects the excellence of our clinical and academic programs, and the expert compassionate care that we provide to our patients and clients.”
The project calls for construction and renovation of a total of 45,000 square feet of space at the hospital and will include new state-of-the-art clinical, surgery and teaching spaces; improvements to patient rooms, animal holding and admission and discharge areas.
Supporting long-term goals identified in the framework plan, this project involves the adaptive reuse of a 1960s building. By adding a new entrance, the improvements will refigure and strengthen the connection to the campus directly around the building and as a whole. This will go far to the overall development of the College of Veterinary Medicine’s campus by setting up new relationships to the adjacent quad spaces and new interior public spaces.
The Medical Center continues to raise money for future phases of the project, which are vitally important to patient care, teaching and clinical discovery missions.