Topping Out Ceremony of NCH’s Research Building IV

Headshot of author Jim Porter, PE
Jim Porter, PE Principal

Nationwide Children’s Research Building IV, a 300,000-square-foot extension of the existing Research Building III, received its final beam at the ceremonial topping-out on August 10. HAWA attended to watch what represented nearly four decades of hard work and collaboration, dating back to the hospital’s very first research building, which opened in 1987. HAWA and Nationwide Children’s have worked together every step of the way as their research campus continues to expand.

Designed as an accompanying facility to Research Building III, Research Building IV will be equipped with a combination of wet and dry research labs, a penthouse level mechanical space for housing the mechanical and electrical equipment, and utilities associated with steam, chilled water, and normal and stand-by power that are to be fed from the Hospital’s West Central Energy Plant.

Included in Nationwide Children’s mission is their “commitment to the highest quality health care for children, regardless of the family’s ability to pay,” and “child health research and [a] dedication to developing treatments and cures to ensure the future health of children the world over.” The research conducted on this campus focuses on everything from childhood cancer and blood diseases to vaccines and immunity. The efforts of those working in these facilities make Nationwide Children’s ambitious goal possible: to improve the quality of life for children worldwide.

Congratulations to everyone who contributed to this impressive project. The combined efforts of HAWA, Turner Construction and NBBJ are providing the infrastructure for the next generation of advancements in pediatric medicine.

A man in a light blue shirt and dark blue pants sits on the ground in front of two orange beams, covered in signatures and propped up on blue sawhorses. He is signing one of the beams.
“It is motivating to know that the research this project was built for will have a meaningful impact on healthcare. With over seven floors and ten different plumbing systems within the building, this one also kept me busy throughout the work-from-home stage of quarantine!” – Declan P. Byrne; Plumbing and Fire Protection Engineer
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