The James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. © Feinknopf Photography - Brad Feinknopf / OTTO (left).
Thornton Tomasetti provided structural and façade engineering services for the new James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute. The facility has the capacity to treat 10,000 patients each year while supporting education and research efforts. The project houses a 21-story, 306-bed central tower; a critical care building; and integrated spaces for research, education and patient care. The building was part of The Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center south campus master plan.
A radiation-oncology floor was added to the project after a significant portion of the foundation had already been constructed, and much of the steel fabricated. The new floor houses sensitive medical equipment including seven linear accelerators, MRIs, PET / CT and Brachytherapy units. Thornton Tomasetti worked closely with the construction manager, owner, and architect as well as directly with foundation and steel contractors to allow the extremely complex floor to be incorporated into the project with minimal impact to overall schedule.
The site is situated in a flood plain for the nearby Olentangy River. The basement is designed to be water-tight and includes a 27-inch hydrostatic slab capable of resisting uplift forces caused by the high water table. Additional structural challenges included existing foundations, tunnels and utilities under the building footprint. The support structure for a new multilevel bridge connection to an adjacent facility was threaded through an existing hospital building while minimizing disruption.
In addition to the building structure, Thornton Tomasetti worked closely with the design team to develop a technically sound and cost-effective solution for the building skin systems, which includes three distinct façades. The lower lobby features a vast transparent wall utilizing minimal structural framing, the podium wall is composed of precast concrete panels with punched windows and the upper tower patient rooms are enclosed by a unitized curtain wall system.
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