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 (including its original doors, shown at right).

This exciting rebirth of a campus landmark is made possible with a $40 million investment by the state of Ohio and the support of alumni, friends, and partners. Together, we are establishing Ohio as a global hub for data science and analytics.

Shown at top of page, left: Pomerene Hall from the north, 1927.

Top of page, right: rendering of the east side, including the Grand Atrium.

Grand Atrium

The centerpiece of the renovated Pomerene Hall will be a three-story Grand Atrium, the primary connection point to all levels of the building. It will feature a large glass wall, original brick walls, 2nd and 3rd floor balconies with study spaces, art displays, and movable seating for up to 50 people. The space will also host special events for TDAI, the Data Analytics undergraduate major, and the History of Art department.

Shown at right: rendering of the Grand Atrium looking west.

Below left: July 2017, looking east.

Below right: May 2017, looking west.

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 March 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.

TDAI 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 at right: rendering of TDAI’s future offices.

Below left: work in progress, February 2017.

Below right: June 2017.

New Addition

A new addition will add two modern classrooms with tiered seating to campus.

At left: looking south prior to the renovation, the previous addition that housed the swimming pool.

Below left: February 2017, looking north from 12th Avenue, the start of two new classrooms. 

Below right: May 2017, looking north-northwest from 12th.