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Pomerene and Oxley Halls Renovation

Historical renovation on OSU’s main campus of Pomerene and Oxley Halls to house the data analytics program and interior renovation of Baker Commons.

Gilbane is providing construction management at-risk services for the $43 million historical renovation of Pomerene Hall and Oxley Hall on the main campus of The Ohio State University.

Pomerene Hall is a three-story plus basement, brick Jacobethan Revival style building constructed in 1922. It was built to function as the women’s student union. Oxley Hall is a three-story plus basement, brick English Renaissance style building constructed in 1908. It was built to function as the first women’s dormitory on campus. Designed by Acock Associates Architects, the two buildings will be renovated as one project to house the University’s data analytics program. Data analytics is a new, interdisciplinary major in the College of Arts and Sciences and one of the first of its kind in the country to introduce students to a fast-growing field with data at its core.

A third component of this project scope is the enabling project to renovate space in Baker Commons. This space will house the Office of Disability Services as they move out of Pomerene Hall. The Baker Commons is a two-story dining facility addition to the Baker Hall student residence building, constructed in 1958. The Baker Commons renovation will encompass 18,200 SF. This project will require a major interior renovation of the buildings to provide space for faculty and staff offices, conference/meeting rooms, classrooms, computer labs, data storage and support areas. Baker Commons design services by KZF Design (

Both Pomerene and Oxley have historical significance and the intent is to retain as much of the original 1900’s historical character as possible. Exterior restoration work will also be required and a historical renovation consultant will be included on the architect’s project team.

Through the use of BIM coordination, Gilbane is coordinating the challenging existing areas in the building that are to remain and routing new mechanical items throughout while preserving the historical architecture of the building. Contractors teams are using a collaborative approach along with the design team to route items away from the ornamental finishes to minimize the impact to existing spaces, while also providing upgrades with the final installation appearing as though there was no impact to the previous construction.

Client Value
Gilbane brings a depth of knowledge when it comes to historical and challenging renovation projects combined with expertise in the logistical and surrounding campus area. Gilbane brings these best practices of management to the overall project to benefit OSU and keep the project under budget and schedule on track.