Progress Updates

August 15, 2018 - Construction Begins!
Construction for the Biomedical and Materials Engineering Complex has officially begun! The first visible sign of progress involved the demolition of the former Unit Op Labs, in preparation for the new build facility for Phase One.

Koffolt Unit Ops demolition

November 6, 2018 - The Dean celebrates the Ground Breaking!
College of Engineering Dean David B. Williams was joined by President Drake and Provost McPheron to officially break ground for the Biomedical and Materials Engineering Complex!

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May 1, 2019 - Signing the Beam!
Students, staff, faculty and leadership of the College of Engineering celebrated a significant milestone in the construction of the Biomedical and Materials Engineering Complex by signing the final I-beam to be installed in Phase One.  Hundreds of #BuckeyeEngineers participated in the opportunity, joined by Dean Williams.

Dean signing beam

September 15, 2019 - Right on Schedule
Students, staff and faculty gathered on Sunday, September 5, to celebrate the new facility with a hard hat tour through BMEC Phase One— the Mars G. Fontana Laboratories—to learn about the project. These were the first students to tour the facility, which will become their home in autumn 2020.

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September 2019 - Phase one of BMEC renovation named to honor Mars Fontana

Widely regarded as the father of modern corrosion engineering, Mars Fontana (1910-1988) was one of the world's pioneers in research establishing basic scientific knowledge of the phenomenon of corrosion and its applications in engineering. In addition to his noteworthy technical achievements—including election to the National Academy of Engineering in 1967—Fontana was an outstanding administrator and stimulating teacher. Read full article


August 2020 - Mars G. Fontana Labs renovation is complete!

Watch this video to learn more and see inside.


February 2021 - BMEC Phase Two gets green light

The Ohio State University Board of Trustees authorized the university to enter and increase professional service and construction contracts for the completion of BMEC. Phase One of the Biomedical and Materials Engineering Complex—the university’s investment in next-generation materials research, development and experiential learning—was completed in summer 2020. Bringing together the Departments of Biomedical Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering, Phase One showcases the exceptional teaching and research happening in the heart of Ohio State’s Columbus campus, while inspiring life-saving, unprecedented advances in the rapidly growing field of biomaterials. Read full article.

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