Ohio State University Athletic Campus Master Plan

OSU Athletic Campus Master Plan
OSU Athletic Campus Master Plan
OSU Athletic Campus Master Plan

While Ohio State University (OSU) boasts the nation’s largest, most comprehensive athletic department, its facilities were spread widely across campus, physically separated by the Olentangy River and limited connections to the campus core.


Ohio State University


Columbus, Ohio


Campus Planning, Landscape Architecture, Higher Education, Athletics, Recreation, & Wellness


212 acres, 86 hectares

SmithGroup, in collaboration with HNTB Architecture, developed a plan to unify these disconnected facilities into a more cohesive and appealing athletic campus.

The plan takes full advantage of new athletic facilities being planned, locating them in a coherent, higher density “athletic village” with new connections to the main campus. The buildings and sites are linked together through plazas, walkways, gateways and landscape, with a look and feel more like Ohio State’s academic core. Vehicular access and traffic flow are also improved, with new mixed-use development at the north end increasing pedestrian safety and connection. Stormwater runoff from parking areas, stadium roofs and other impervious surfaces is used as a design element and cleansed flowing back into the river.

The master plan improves athletic and academic campus connection while creating a dynamic gathering space to celebrate the university's athletic experience and achievements.