Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine – Heritage Hall

Heritage Hall at Ohio University’s Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine in Athens, designed by Perkins&Will and DesignGroup, achieves a Silver level WELL Certification emphasizing wellness, connectivity, and a holistic design approach.

  • area / size 120,000 sqft
  • Completed 2023
  • Location Athens, Ohio, , United States
  • The Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine (HCOM) has been awarded a WELL Certification at the Silver level for Heritage Hall, the college’s new, state-of-the-art medical training facility on the Athens campus.

    Designed in partnership with architecture and design firms Perkins&Will and DesignGroup, this is one of the first medical education facilities in the nation to earn this achievement from the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI).

    The 120,000 square-foot Heritage Hall is modeled on the three tenets of osteopathic medicine, mind, body and spirit, which are expressed through openness, infusion of light and a focus on wellness that fosters collaboration, connectivity and physical activity.

    WELL is a roadmap for supporting the health and well-being of people and organizations. The WELL Building Standard is a library of holistic evidence-based building and organizational strategies that, when implemented, can improve the health and wellbeing of people.

    Earning WELL Certification for Heritage Hall was a long time in the making, which started with the initial vision for the facility that became integral to its construction. Opened in 2021, Heritage Hall has numerous WELL features including prominent staircases and a one-eighth-mile track that encourage movement inside the building.

    Design: DesignGroup and Perkins&Will
    Photography: Mark Herboth