Nationwide Children’s Unveils Plans for Two New Six-Story Buildings
The expansion of the Nationwide Children’s Hospital campus continues — today the hospital officially unveiled plans for two new six-story buildings. The first of the two, which is already under construction at the southeast corner of Livingston and Parsons avenues, will be a 150,000 square-foot building dedicated mostly to office space for hospital faculty. The first floor will see a significant amount of street-level retail space, although no tenants have been announced yet.
The second building announced today is the 200,000 square foot Livingston Ambulatory Center, which will occupy the northeast corner of Grant and Livingston avenues — land formerly used by Columbus Africentric High School for parking and a football field (a new Africentric Early College K-12 campus is scheduled to open in 2016 at the former Woodland Meadows site off of James Road). Construction is scheduled to begin this February on the building, which will house ambulatory services such as primary care, dental services, and behavioral health, among others.
Cost estimates put the price of the Faculty Office Building at about $45 million, while the larger Ambulatory Center — which the hospital expects to log over 100,000 patient visits annually — is projected to cost $85 million to build. The hospital in a press release said that the new buildings will help to “accommodate growing patient need” by moving offices and outpatient clinics out of space that they have outgrown.
Also included in plans for the Faculty Office Building is a tunnel to accommodate pedestrians traveling between the main campus north of Livingston and the ever-growing number of facilities south of Livingston (which will include the new building as well as the existing 1,800-space employee parking garage, the Center for Family Safety and Healing and the Ronald McDonald House).
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