TDAI's future home takes shape

Behold the transformation of Pomerene Hall

Historic Pomerene Hall is being transformed into Ohio State’s hub for data analytics, with the Translational Data Analytics Institute scheduled to move into 21,000 square feet of research, teaching, and innovation space in April 2018. The renovation will preserve the meticulous craftsmanship of the nearly 100-year-old building. It is made possible with a $40 million investment by the state of Ohio and the support of alumni, friends, and partners who are helping to establish Ohio as a global hub for analytics and data science.

Shown at right: a rendering of the new Grand Atrium interior. Top of page, left: Pomerene Hall from the north, 1927. Top of page, right: a rendering of the east side, including the Grand Atrium.

Ideation Zone and Labs

What was originally the university’s first women’s gymnasium will be transformed into an unprecedented environment for both teaching and research and the centerpiece of TDAI’s collaborative spaces. The two-story space will house three state-of-the-art, co-located labs for building hardware, testing software, and conducting large-scale visualization analysis and data simulations. In addition to adaptive team environments, interactive displays, and glass boards, the Ideation Zone will also feature a Social Café with a 10-foot bar top and a large open space perfect for workshops and gatherings.

Shown: a rendering of TDAI’s Ideation Zone and Labs (above); the gymnasium space in 1932 (left), October 2016 (below left), and February 2017 (below right)

Huddle Rooms


Huddle Rooms located throughout the building will help move collaborative projects forward by giving teams private spaces for impromptu meetings, brainstorming sessions, or quiet work. They will be outfitted with glass boards, videoconferencing, and modular furniture.

TDA Offices


Located on the first floor off the Grand Atrium, TDAI’s offices will welcome visitors and community partners with interactive, multi-panel digital displays and areas for collaborative work.

Shown: a rendering of TDAI’s future offices; work in progress, February 2017

Grand Atrium & New Addition

Pomerene Hall’s centerpiece will be a three-story atrium that serves as the primary connection point to all areas and levels of the facility. It will feature a towering glass wall overlooking Browning Amphitheatre, original brick walls, 2nd and 3rd floor balconies that serve as study areas, two art displays, and movable seating for up to 50 people. The space will also host special events for TDAI, the Data Analytics Major, and the History of Art department.

Shown at right: a Grand Atrium rendering, facing south-southwest. Bottom left: facing south from what will be the atrium’s northwest corner, the addition that housed the swimming pool, pre-renovation. Bottom right: October 2016.

Shown at right: the atrium’s elevator shaft (to the right) and, sprouting from the ground, the start of two tiered classrooms, February 2017

Below left: facing north from 12th Avenue

Below right: rendering of the Grand Atrium, facing north-northwest