New Medical education Facilities

Elevating Our Learning, Teaching and Working in Athens

Sketch of building This is an artist's sketch of how the new Athens education building would look from Union Street. The design hasn't been finalized, but the link below offers a peek inside to see what the atrium could look like.

Take a virtual reality tour of One vision for the new building

Looking Toward Future Academic Spaces

We’re working with Ohio University to plan a new $65 million academic home for our Athens campus that will anchor the university’s future Union Street Green. The new facility makes possible innovative, purpose-built spaces for medical education, as well as fundamental changes to the way we work and improvements to our research and community outreach initiatives.  Funding for the project comes from multiple sources including $12 million generously provided by the  Osteopathic Heritage Foundation as part of the OHF Vision 2020 grant.

Watch as Construction Progresses

Explore this interactive window to see
our new building coming to life. 

See What's Driving the Design

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  • Support modern medical education.
  • Overall flexibility and agility that supports learning environments.
  • Reflect the values of the new Pathways to Health and Wellness Curriculum.
  • Increase interprofessional opportunities for student and faculty interactions and collaborations through shared and public spaces.
  • Create space that is more healthful for students, faculty and staff through integration of WELL.
  • Create outdoor connections with views, daylighting and greenspace.
  • Aesthetic sensibility reflecting homage of campus beauty.
  • Professional, pleasing and functional.
  • Connectivity to other campuses, OhioHealth, university partners, donors and the broader community.

Project Timeline

Project timeline

Dates are subject to change. Click on image for downloadable version.

Our Partners in the Project

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Partnering with the Heritage College on the new Athens facilities are the  DesignGroup , an architectural firm with offices in Columbus and Pittsburgh; Perkins+Will an architectural firm headquartered in Chicago;   Donley's , a Cleveland-based construction company; and the University Planning   office of Ohio University.


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OHIO Master Plans

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Athens Campus Master Plan

In 2016, Ohio University brought completed a comprehensive campus master planning effort aimed at translating the university's strategic goals into a physical plan that focuses its resources to meet present and future demands on facilities.

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Parking Master Plan

Ohio University planners are developing a strategic plan to make the best use existing parking while preparing for future projects.

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January 17, 2020
The Ohio University Board of Trustees today approved a name for a new Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine education facility in Athens, which honors the generosity of the Osteopathic Heritage Foundation in helping to make the new building – and other transformative college projects – possible. Read More
November 26, 2019
The Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine’s Society of Alumni and Friends has committed $150,000 to the College’s general support fund. In recognition of this gift, the college will name the café space in its new medical education facility in the Society’s honor.   Read More
August 26, 2016
Ohio University’s latest six-year capital improvements plan, approved by the Board of Trustees Aug. 25, includes a transformational construction project for the Heritage College that will move the college into new facilities. The new facility, estimated at 114,000 gross square feet, will be located on West Union Street. Read More