PRIME executed assessments of 62 buildings on The Ohio State University’s campus through its Facilities Operations and Development Department. Assessments totaled over 5.2 million square feet.
PRIME was responsible for conducting the architectural assessments of the subject facilities. One purpose of the assessments was to provide OSU Facilities Operations and Development personnel with a means to continue performing assessments from this point forward. The second purpose was to collect data for entry into software being written by the design team to provide a tool to evaluate the need for new construction, renovation, or replacement of facilities on campus. The software promoted collaboration while facilitating an innovative and efficient use of the University’s resources.
The assessments were carried out at an accelerated pace to accommodate the University’s summer quarter schedule. Each of the subject buildings was inspected by a team of architects, mechanical and electrical engineers, and a University Facilities Operation and Design area coordinator. The teams evaluated the entire building envelope from roof to basement and recorded the condition of interior finishes and any unique features. The discovery of architectural, mechanical, and electrical deficiencies requiring urgent attention was unexpected. For example, a small exterior exit door from a lower level library had lost its water seal and was allowing free entry of water to the stairway. As a result of this discovery, the door was replaced and is now watertight. Other problems discovered included mis-wired electrical circuits and malfunctioning mechanical and plumbing equipment.
PRIME also worked with the assessment team and OSU to develop the format of the date collection forms to maximize the usefulness of the collection process and data distribution.