Ohio State University

OSU Controlled Environment Agriculture Research Complex (CEARC)

Industry Type

Higher Ed & Research

Project Type

Design Build

Square Footage



Columbus Ohio

Project Scope
Designed, procured, and currently constructing 25,000SF production and 9,000SF research greenhouses that aligns with Ohio State University's mission of providing a platform for interdisciplinary research. 

Scope of work for the $35.8 million dollar project includes:
  • Validating and value engineering architects greenhouse design documentation from conceptual specification through conformed CD drawings.
  • Establishing and finalizing greenhouse bid packages including specialized greenhouse system to support objectives 
  • Final selection of two separate greenhouse manufacturers to meet the defined requirements within the budget established by the university.
  • Procurement of greenhouse all structural and mechanical components (heaters, controls, shade, benching, lighting).
  • Scope reviews of all bid packages to determine the best value subcontractors for MEP and concrete.
  • Project management and quality control of all manufacturers, suppliers, and subcontractors through each phase of work.
  • Self-performing erection, glazing, and commissioning of approved greenhouse structures (JGS and Van Wingerden) and equipment.
  • Collaboration with all approved MEP contractors on the means and methods and sequence of installation.
The following link provides an overview of the project.

Project Contacts:

Brian Hanna, PE Director CFAES Facilities and Capital Planning, The Ohio State University

Morgan Richardson, Project Manager, The Ohio State University

LLK Greenhouse Solutions was a great company to work with at the Ohio State University Controlled Environment Agricultural Research Complex (CEARC) project.  LLK kept us up to date with the current greenhouse materials and equipment market conditions, lead times, and down payment requirements all throughout the pandemic and the many months that followed.  LLK always had enough manpower and equipment to get their scope of work completed in a timely and efficient manner.  If we had an RFI question, or a greenhouse systems coordination issue at the jobsite, LLK provided solutions to the team to help move the project forward.  LLK was our strongest contractor on the project and where one of the main reasons for its success.
- Andy Thompson, Project Manager, Corna Kokosing

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