Coming in June: TDAI's new home

Behold the transformation of Pomerene Hall

TDAI’s new home in renovated Pomerene Hall will open in August with 21,000 square feet of research, teaching, and innovation space.

This exciting rebirth of a campus landmark is made possible with a $40 million investment by the state of Ohio and the support of alumni, friends, and partners. Together, we are establishing Ohio as a global hub for data science and analytics.

Below is a preview of some of the new spaces designed to facilitate collaboration among faculty and staff, students, and industry and community partners.

Grand Atrium

The centerpiece of the renovated Pomerene Hall will be a three-story Grand Atrium, the primary connection point to all levels of the building. It will feature a large glass wall, original brick walls, 2nd and 3rd floor balconies with study spaces, art displays, and movable seating for up to 50 people. The space will also host special events for TDAI, the Data Analytics undergraduate major, and the History of Art department.

Shown at right: Rendering of the space looking west
Below left: July 2017, looking east
Below right: April 2018, looking west

Ideation Zone and Labs

What was originally the university’s first women’s gymnasium will be transformed into an unprecedented environment for both teaching and research. The two-story space will house three state-of-the-art labs for building hardware, testing software, and conducting large-scale visualization analysis and data simulations. In addition to adaptive team environments, interactive displays, and glass boards, the Ideation Zone will also feature a café and a large open space perfect for workshops and gatherings.

At right: The gymnasium space in 1932
Below right: April 2018


Corporate Partner Zone

With moveable walls on overhead tracks and reconfigurable furniture, TDAI’s Corporate Partner Zone will enable up to three industry or community partners to fully integrate into the Ohio State community and work side-by-side with university researchers and students in designated space that can be modified for specific needs. Its  will be ideal for project work or hosting events such as business meetings and workshops.

Quiet Zone & Huddle Rooms


A research space designed for quiet, individual work will feature separate workstations that minimize distractions.


Huddle Rooms in the Quiet Space and elsewhere in the building will be outfitted with glass boards, videoconferencing, and modular furniture for groups of two to six to gather for impromptu discussions or scheduled meetings.

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