January 19, 2018

Sustainability Plan for Athletic District Construction


Jan. 19, 2018

COLUMBUS, Ohio – There is plenty of excitement surrounding the development of Ohio State’s new Athletic District. However, very few people know what happened to the former Biggs Athletic Training Facility that was removed to make way for the new Athletic District.

The Biggs Facility was built in 1967 and served primarily as the indoor practice field for the football team. When the facility was demolished in the spring of 2017, a sustainability plan was incorporated into the removal of the 50-year-old building.

With a commitment to reducing waste on campus, Ohio State worked with construction staff and local businesses to ensure that a majority of the demolition material was recycled or reused. An astounding 100 percent of the building’s concrete and steel has been recycled. The companies involved in this process included Frank Road Recycling, Shelly Materials, and I.H. Schlezinger. Additionally, the project was able to divert materials from the landfill through the resourcefulness of the athletics staff saving building components such as light fixtures, faucets, lockers, casework and doors for use across the Athletic District. Ohio State is among the first Big Ten universities to collect and publish data on demolition recycling.  

Thus far, the university has received credit back for four loads of aluminum that was hauled away from behind the Bill Davis outfield. The team has recycled 21,500 pounds of aluminum and will be switching over to the metal dumpster next.

As the Athletic District takes shape, Ohio State will continue to search for opportunities to promote sustainability. All Ohio State building or renovation projects with a budget of $4 million or more are now required to achieve U.S. Green Building Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification. Currently, our LEED portfolio includes the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, Ohio Union, SAS Building and Lane Avenue Parking Garage, Cunz Hall and Kennedy Commons. The Athletic District will be the next project to seek this sustainable building designation.