Nationwide Children’s
Construction Manager
Turner Construction
Year Completed
Total Construction Cost
234,000 sq. ft.
General Description

The construction of this seven-story research facility nearly doubled the amount of dedicated research space at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. The building includes a vivarium with associated support spaces, office and conference spaces, a cafeteria, an enclosed loading dock with associated support spaces, four floors of wet research labs, and one floor of dry research labs. This project is registered as a LEED v. 3.0 project and has achieved LEED Gold certification. Current energy models show the systems will consume approximately 24 percent less energy than baseline systems.

Key Features
  • Energy-saving systems include variable volume laboratory exhaust systems, energy recovery on all exhaust systems, heat pump chillers for summer reheat and winter cooling, air monitoring equipment to provide demand-based ventilation, and chilled water fan coils in equipment rooms to reduce fan energy
  • The design incorporates recommendations from a wind tunnel analysis that determined the impact of RBIII and its generator building on the main campus of Nationwide Children’s Hospital
  • 1,500-ton chilled water plant
  • Remote standalone structure designed for standby generators totaling 4,500 kW for 100 percent power backup
  • Generator building designed to be expanded with another 2,000-kW generator that will allow the generator building to carry both RBIII and Research Building IV (RBIV) at 100 percent
  • Heating water for building heat and steam for humidification and laboratory and cagewash equipment are part of the project and not extended from existing hospital utilities
  • Steam plant has capacity to support RBIV by adding one boiler
Our Role

HAWA Inc. provided design services for the MEP systems, including low-voltage structured cabling.