OSU South Campus Chiller

Columbus, Ohio / United States of America


The OSU South Campus Chiller is an iconic marker at a major entry and pathway into campus and provides the university with a long term, efficient and sustainable solution. Design goals included a high quality environment that is timeless, maintainable and flexible while embracing sustainability and providing 30,000 tons of chilled water production and distribution.

Functionally, the facility minimizes the visual, noise and vibration impact of large equipment: chillers, cooling towers, transformers and generators. 
Due to careful design and planning, the team specified the use of recycled content, energy efficient equipment, maximized open space, and the plant received a LEED Silver Certification.

Conceived of as a "House for Energy," the envelope showcases the energy-efficient chiller equipment inside and records the sun's energy on the exterior. Glazed openings are specifically located to frame views of the chiller equipment to help identify the function of the building, and dichroic glass fins and boxes change in color with the movement of the sun and cast color-changing shadows onto modular precast concrete wall panels that have been polished to a high sheen.

The result is a dynamic façade that changes with the time of day, season and the location of the observer.

Architect of record

Carol Ross Barney
Ross Barney Architects
10 W Hubbard Street
Chicago, IL 60654, USA
Phone: 312-832-0600

Associate architect

Bob Schilling
Champlin Architecture
424 East Fourth Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202, USA
Phone: 513-241-4474

General contractor

Tom Garske
Whiting Turner
5875 Landerbrook Drive
Mayfield Heights, OH 44124, USA
Phone: 919-256-6460

Consultant 1

Bill Mahoney
RMF Engineering
5202 Bethel Reed Park Suite 180
Columbus, OH 43220, USA
Phone: 614-441-9411

Consultant 2

Stephen Metz
Shelly Metz Baumann Hawk
1166 Dublin Rd
Columbus, OH 43215, USA
Phone: 614-481-9800

Consultant 3

Garry Steffy
Garry Steffy Lighting Design, Inc.
2900 S. State St
Ann Arbor, MI , USA
Phone: 800-537-1230


Brad Feinknopf
104 N. 3rd St.
Columbus, OH 43215, USA
Phone: 614-225-0414