Building Tours

Whether for interesting concepts, new construction components, or overall fantastic design, for members who are still relatively new to the profession or members who are just curious, every building is a great learning tool.

Building tours are organized by the Emerging Professionals Committee

Past Tours: 

Tour of the Highlands Park Family Aquatic Center:  May 20, 2011

Located in the Heart of Westerville, Highlands Park Family Aquatic Center involved the demolition of an existing  pool facility and the construction of a new public aquatic complex.

Sited adjacent to protected wetlands, the project incorporates a variety of sustainable measures, including bioswales, rock gardens, pervious concrete parking areas, rain retention & water management strategies, green roofs and natural material selections.  It is pursuing LEED Silver Certification.

Amenities in the Aquatic Center include a six lane competitive pool with diving well, large leisure pool, a zero entry toddler pool, two 30' high water slides, a lazy river, large spray ground and many toddler water features & play areas.  There are four main structures on the site which house administration, restrooms, concessions and equipment buildings.  Faux rock structures are used throughout the site which feature water falls into the pools and planting beds in an effort to emphasize the natural theme of the park.

Architect: Meyers + Associates Architecture
General Contractor: Thomas & Marker Construction

Address: 245 South Spring Road, Westerville, OH, 43081

Date & Time:  Friday, May 20th at 3:30 p.m.
 - hard hats & closed toe shoes required.

Denison University's Ebaugh Lab Renovation: April 8, 2011

Ebaugh Labs was built in 1965 to house the university’s chemistry department and program.  It has served its purpose well but wear and tear and pedagogical changes require the complete renovation of the building.  The three story brick shell of the existing main building will remain and the interior will be completely gutted and renovated.  The floors and some walls will remain and all new mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems will be installed.  

The existing above ground single story structure connecting Ebaugh Labs to Herrick Auditorium, the round auditorium space to the east of the main building, will be removed.  A new three story brick clad structure will be added to the east of the existing building.  Herrick Auditorium and Ebaugh will remain connected to Ebaugh underground and there will be a small brick rest room addition added to the south east of Herrick.

A smaller single story brick clad addition and three story elevator/stair tower will also be added to the west and north of the existing building.

Windows will be replaced in the existing building, a new central stair tower with roof skylights will be added in the interior core of the existing building.  Limited landscaping will be provided with walks and seating areas provided for pedestrian circulation.  Fire lane access will be maintained around the site.

The new building will contain state of the art teaching and research laboratory space, classrooms, offices and support spaces for the Chemistry Department faculty, students and visitors.  All new mechanical, electrical, plumbing, data and other support systems will be provided in the anticipated LEED Silver building.

Tour: April 8, 2011 at 3:30pm

Architect:  JBA Architects out of Newark

Midwestern Auto Group Addition: April 28, 2011

April 28, 2011 at 3:30pm
6335 Perimeter Loop Road, Dublin, OH 43017

The new addition by Architectural Alliance adss 49,275 square feet to an exisiting 63,675 s.f. building. First and second floors are Volvo & Porsche sales and service, while the third and fourth floors are dedicated to administrative offices and an executive suite. A 3,500 s.f. roof is planned for the fourth floor which will employ a Bison Pedestal System to support granite pavers. The expected date of completion is May 15th.

Schooley Caldwell Associates lead a tour of the Columbus Museum of Art renovation.

Building Tour of Phillip Markwood Architects' Columbus State Community College Academic Center "E" Project - June 4, 2010

Columbus State Community College has developed a new LEED Silver academic building to become the core of a new branch campus in rapidly growing Delware County, CSCC is embracing environmental stewardship holistically with a sustainable building, site, campus and academic courses offered to students. 

The design brings together all of the functions of a basic college campus in an open Learning Center environment. The South facade of the learning commons is visually connected to the native landscape with a curtain wall system which includes sunshades, insulated aluminum panels, translucent panels, and various tints of high performance glazing to control sunlight. Interior glazing is used extensively to draw daylight and views into the core of the building. The learning commons is unified under a sloping metal roof with long overhangs for daylight control. Extensive research on building orientation, building envelope, mechanical options and electrical systems were integrated into the project design. Recycled, regional and low-emitting materials define the building spaces. Raised flooring in the learning commons provides additional adaptability, flexibility and control of technology, electrical and mechanical systems. 

This tour was organized by the Emerging Professionals Committee and was lead by Steve Shinn, AIA.

CSCC Building Tour




Tour of Mount Carmel St. Ann's Project GRACE

MtCarmelThe Healthcare Committee is happy to offer this Tour of Mount Carmel St. Ann's in Westerville, Ohio. Just as the area has grown, so has the hospital in order to meet the community's healthcare needs. The expansion allows the hospital to become a more comprehensive healthcare provider serving Westerville and beyond. 2.0 HSW LUs

Tuesday, October 18, 2013
2:00 - 4:00 PM 

Mt. Carmel St. Ann's Project GRACE
500 S. Cleveland Avenue
Westerville, Ohio 43081

$20 AIA Members | $10 Associate AIA Members | $40 Non-AIA Members

Register Here, or call 614.469.1973. 



  • The tour will begin with a presentation in the Vance Conference Room. Plan to enter the hospital on the west side at the Women's Pavilion.
  • Safety glasses and hardhats are REQUIRED. Although some extras will be available, please plan to provide your own if you are able.
  • Close-toed shoes are REQUIRED.
  • To help ensure the tour begins on time, please plan to arrive a few minutes early for registration purposes. You will be asked to sign a release waiver. 
  • Photography is permitted.



Mount Carmel St. Ann's is a local hospital located in Westerville.  Just as the area has grown, so has the hospital in order to meet the community's healthcare needs.  The expansion allows the hospital to become a more comprehensive healthcare provider serving Westerville and beyond. 

The hospital campus is being expanded to include:

  •  Open-Heart Surgery
  •  New Main Entrance
  •  New Patient Tower (Cardiovascular, Orthopedics, Spine)
  •  Renovated Kitchen & Dining
  •  Parking Garage, New Surface Lot & Road Enhancements

The expansion is setting the standard for care and operations for the hospital.  It incorporates hospitality not only in its architecture but in its services as well.  The main entrance will incorporate retail such as a coffee shop and room service will be provided for the patient rooms.

The overall design is patient and family focused.  Any stay in a hospital can be stressful and the architecture is set up to provide needed respite for those people.  It also provides opportunities for connection and reflection as faith-based themes are weaved into the design.  Patient Rooms have been designed to minimize staff intrusions while maximizing the family space.

The design of the expansion is contextual as well.  Westerville themes are incorporated throughout from the hanging flower baskets to repurposing stain glass windows from the former St. Paul's church.

Facilities Tour of Mt. Carmel Health Grove City Emergency Department

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The Healthcare Committee is pleased to announce this guided tour of the new Mt. Carmel Health Grove City Emergency Department. This tour will be presented by Chris Lagana, David Cozier, and Michelle Hamilton, members of the Mount Carmel Design & Construction team. 

Friday, January 17, 2014
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

5300 North Meadows Drive 
Grove City, OH 43123


Directions/Important Information

  • Participants will meet in the main conference room in the new building. 
  • No safety gear is required. 
  • From 1-71, exit SR 665 and travel east; turn left on North Meadows Drive; North Meadows Drive is also accessible from Hoover Road. (Download Site Map


AIA/Affiliate Members $10 | Assoc. AIA $5 | Non-Members $20

Register Here, or call 614.469.1973


Program Description
To meet the healthcare needs of one of Central Ohio's fast growing communities, Mount Carmel is bringing a new integrated medical campus to Grove City. Located near 1-71 and State Route 665, Mount Carmel Grove City will feature a full-service, 24-hour emergency department and a host of first-class medical services when it opens in late January. The presentation will be an overview on the planning and implementation for the new campus. Participants will have the opportunity to tour the first phase of the project just finishing up construction and ready for occupancy - the emergency department. The thoughtfully designed campus includes a women's health center, offering digital mammography and bone density testing in a quiet, comfortable environment just for women. Diagnostic imaging and lab services will be available for both emergency and outpatient needs. That includes MRI, CT scanning, and x-ray. Programming also includes a cafe and two community conference rooms for classes, meetings, events, and more. A medical office building will be added in the spring and will be home to primary care and specialty physician offices, along with outpatient services like physical therapy and cardiac rehabilitation. 


Building Tours

Leveque Tower Tour

Sunday, September 21, 2014
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

50 West Broad Street
Columbus, OH 43215

Once the fifth tallest building in the world, the LeVeque Tower stands at the heart of downtown Columbus. The building served as an aerial lighthouse for pilots, as an annex for the biggest hotel in America, as an observation tower, and as corporate headquarters for the American Insurance Union, which commissioned construction of the Citadel, which opened in 1927. After many years, multiple renovations, a few owners, and name changes, the LeVeque Tower is showing its age.

The goal of SCA’s work is to revitalize this iconic building and enhance curb appeal — thereby repositioning the LeVeque in today’s marketplace. SCA first created a master plan for this project, which will include a wholesale revitalization of the building and streetscape as well as the creation of new public spaces and an enhanced lobby space. The LeVeque’s exterior renovation is in progress and the interior renovation has begun with a focus on the lower levels in order to reclaim the corner of Broad and Front with bright, new, and inviting entrances.

Eventually, in addition to revitalized office space, the LeVeque Tower will include luxury apartments and a boutique hotel. The design of the apartments is currently under way. 





The Healthcare Committee is pleased to announce this Construction Site Tour of Riverside Methodist Hospital Neuroscience Institute. This tour will be presented by Connie Gallaher of OhioHealth, Doug Scholl, AIA of OhioHealth, and Monica Wangler, AIA of NBBJ. 2.0 HSW LUs

Friday, February 21, 2014
2:30 - 4:30 PM

3535 Olentangy River Road 
Columbus, OH 43214

Parking and Site Map ($2 everywhere on the campus)

Assoc. AIA $10 | AIA and Affiliates $20 | Non-AIA $40

Register Here, or call 614-469-1973

Important Information

  • Hard hats and safety glasses are required. Some will be available on site, but participants are encouraged to bring their own. 
  • Hard soled shoes and pants are required. (No skirts, shorts, dresses, etc.)

Program Summary
This construction tour of the Riverside Methodist Hospital Neuroscience Institute will demonstrate the complicated design requirements for this type of facility and the impact of an integrated design-build team, BIM, and prefabrication. There will be a brief introduction to the project and the design intent, as well as a discussion of the full design-build team and the use of a single model platform by the entire team. The various types of prefabrication will be visible in their installed condition and participants will observe how the efficiency of these efforts has modified the traditional construction schedule.