Heal the Heart, Quiet the Mind

The Neuroscience Center represents a unique approach to care: by fostering collaboration between neuroscience, vascular and heart care, it increases convenience and provides a better patient experience.

NBBJ used the latest research in space design to create a healing environment for OhioHealth Riverside Methodist with the unique needs of the neuroscience patient in mind. Specially designed floor patterns, colors and other interior materials help with wayfinding, reduce stress and improve overall patient well-being. Patients and their families experience quiet areas and beautiful gardens, as well as an courtyard in the center of the building that lets natural light into every patient room.

All 224 of the Neuroscience Center’s rooms are single-patient. This gives patients and their loved ones the privacy they need, improves safety and the hospital experience, and positively influences physician and staff productivity. In coming years, the Neuroscience Institute will lead OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital’s gradual transition to a nearly all-private-room campus.

Landscape Design
Landscape Design
Landscape Design


To deliver the project, NBBJ partnered with OhioHealth and construction manager Whiting-Turner to assemble a Lean, highly integrated Hybrid Design/Build team. Co-located in NBBJ’s office, the designers, engineers, and constructors worked shoulder-to-shoulder for more than two years. This close relationship allowed real-time cost monitoring of design ideas, reduced response times, eliminated time-consuming value engineering and provided tight integration among disciplines.

To initiate this Lean approach, the OhioHealth Hybrid Design/Build team established a working protocol during pre-design to align processes around the client’s vision for the project. Continuous feedback and adjustments from OhioHealth and other consultants, incorporated at each design phase, led to continuous process improvements.

Modular prefabrication was just one strategy that the Design/Build team was able to successfully implement, which yielded significant savings and speed — the Neuroscience Center came in $21 million under budget, despite significant changes made midway through the project. The close collaboration also helped OhioHealth take advantage of new technology, not yet invented when the project began, and install it in the new facility without sacrificing design or construction quality.

Video: OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital, Neuroscience Center

Awards and Publications


AIA Columbus, Honor Award
IIDA Columbus, Honor Award
Ohio Chapter ASLA, Honor Award


Columbus Business First, “Inside Riverside’s new $300M neuroscience addition,” June 25, 2015
Columbus Monthly, “The New Hospitals: Design Science,” June 2014
Columbus Dispatch, “Riverside’s new neuro center combines function, form,” July 21, 2013
Columbus Business First, “Riverside Methodist to get towering expansion,” April 13, 2012
WCMH-NBC4, “Huge Expansion For Riverside Methodist Hospital,” April 13, 2012
Columbus Business First, “NBBJ to design new tower on Riverside Methodist campus,” October 21, 2011