Columbus, OH
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Riverside Hospital Neuroscience Tower

  • Healthcare
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  • Ohio


The Riverside Hospital Neuroscience Tower project is a 10-story, 437,000-square-foot addition to an Ohio Health campus. The project is the only one of its kind and is a state-of-the-art, world-class brain and spine care destination. The project includes 224 private rooms and a large interior atrium the size of two full-size basketball courts.

The exterior features 72,390 ft2 white, precast concrete panels as well as a series of blue-tinted, vertical windows. This was done to resemble the other buildings on the campus. These buildings were built at different times, with different materials, but many feature white brick walls surrounding vertical rhythms of windows. “We wanted to stay away from bricks,” said the architect. “They have an institutional connotation and can make a building appear bigger.”

Precast panels were utilized on the exterior of the building to cover a substantial portion of the facade. Precast was also used to clad a large portion of an interior courtyard that began at the third level of the structure with a rooftop green space/garden area and concluded seven stories higher at the penthouse level.

Project Details

  • Owner: Ohio Health Neuroscience Center at Riverside
  • Architect: NBBJ
  • Engineer of Record: Korda
  • General Contractor: Whiting-Turner Contracting
  • PCI-Certified Erector: Precast Services
  • Precast Cost: $2.8 Million
  • Project Cost: $230 Million
  • Project Size:  72,390 ft2

Key Project Attributes

  • Precast concrete architectural panels were able to successfully resemble other buildings on campus, made of different materials and at different times.

  • Two flowing precast concrete drive-under canopies, each weighing approximately 32 tons, form a partial circle in front of the facility. Each had top and bottom surfaces that slope at different angles such that the leading edge of the panel was only inches thick and over two feet thick at the bearing point.

  • Two sides of the building include radiused sections that include several different radii of both concave and convex curvature that flow seamlessly

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“We wanted to stay away from bricks,” said the architect. “They have an institutional connotation and can make a building appear bigger.”
The architect notes that the sheer size of the center threatened to overwhelm two surrounding buildings. An inward curve on the side of the new center next to an existing building “helped break down the scale of the building, so it wasn’t so dominating and didn’t overshadow it,” according to the architect.


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