A mission to build a cancer-free world is behind the new Ohio State University's Wexner Medical Center Tower.
It will be the new 21-story James Cancer Hospital, and at $1.1 billion, it will be the largest building on campus, and the tallest hospital in Ohio.
But it is more than a building. Hospital officials said it will be a model for patient care and cancer treatment around the country.
The tower will house the latest and finest in cancer treatment, and will serve as a research powerhouse.
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Dr. David Schuller knows every inch of the new tower. He has helped build it from day one.
"Everything about this project is with the intent of the patient being the No. 1 priority," Schuller said.
The project created 5,000 construction jobs, and involved 12,000 tons of structural steel.
A $100 million federal grant, the largest grant in university history, helped create the radiation oncology center on the tower's second floor.
Rather than being in a dark basement, patients have views with natural light while getting treatment.
"We could not find an example of this in the United States," Schuller said.
To create the center, workers built eight radiation vaults of high density concrete mixed with hematite mined in South Africa.
The extra weight from the concrete alone required stronger beams for the entire building.
On the top floor of the tower, the views are spectacular.
To the east of the tower is a view of the Olentangy River. To the south, a view of the downtown Columbus skyline, and to the north is a view of Ohio Stadium.
On the 7th and 8th floors sits the mechanical room.
"In this building, we have back-ups to the back-ups. Quite simply, power cannot go down here. It could be a real threat to human life," Schuller said.
The mechanical room includes two stories of electrical, heating, cooling, air, cabling, and computer systems to support the hospital.
"I tell them they will never go through the rest of their work lives and be involved in building something that will impact as many lives as this building," Schuller said.
There are parks surrounding the hospital, complete with green space and rooftop gardens.
There is also a café with outdoor dining on the 14th floor that overlooks Ohio Stadium.
The angle of the building was positioned by architects to that there will never be a time when the sun directly shines in the faces of patients in the rooms.
University officials said it took a lot of strategy to determine when to bring heavy machinery into the area for construction.
Crews worked during the day, and at night, especially, to bring in some of the biggest loads to avoid traffic issues.
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