Ohio State University’s board of trustees voted Friday morning to move forward with upgrades to the Woody Hayes Athletic Center as well as acquire a Polaris-area building for its medical center.

The updates to the Woody Hayes Athletic Center, the football team’s practice facility, will cost $7.8 million.

Renovations will include a new production kitchen and nutrition area, rehabilitation space, team activity areas, staff offices, additional storage and updates to the existing players' lounge. Work is slated to begin in 2018.

The board also approved the acquisition of a two-story building situated on about 9.3 acres at 2001 Polaris Parkway, which the university already leases and uses for its Wexner Medical Center. Included in the original 2004 lease terms was an option to purchase. If the sale closes before Oct. 31, the lease terms stipulate the purchase price will be about $2.05 million. That price goes up in the months after that, and the option to purchase is eliminated completely if the university doesn’t close by April 1, 2018.

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The purchase must also be approved by the Ohio Controlling Board. The university expects to go before the board at its Sept. 25 meeting.

Some improvements to the space are anticipated to accommodate labs from The James Cancer Hospital and Richard M. Solove Research Institute.

The trustees also signed off on the $3 million design portion of the second phase of the Cannon Drive relocation project. The project will straighten and elevate Cannon Drive, and will eventually create a north-south corridor between King and Lane avenues. The first phase of construction begins next month, and the second phase is expected to begin in 2019.

The board also voted to revoke the doctoral degree of a former student, Jodi Whitaker, whose study on video games was retracted by an academic journal in 2016.



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