Center of Science & Industry Museum

New 320,000 SF building provides a dynamic setting for education and exploration of modern sciences.  Facility includes seven exhibit halls/galleries, giant screen theater, space theater, tv/radio studio, atrium/public assembly area, outdoor exhibition and activity areas, event rooms, café, meeting/classrooms, administrative offices and support spaces.  

As part of the exhibit design, AD’s team designed custom noise control enclosures for major HVAC equipment located directly within the exhibit halls.  The enclosures enable the public to see the systems and equipment that keep the building running.  Acoustic expertise also addressed control of the room acoustical environment within the theaters, exhibit halls, presentation, and education spaces.  Noise control included noise levels generated by activity within occupied spaces and control of mechanical, electrical, and air distribution system noise and vibration throughout the facility.  Design required close collaboration with AV system designers for theater spaces.

Center of Science & Industry Museum

Columbus, Ohio

Project Type
New Construction

$125 Million


Square Footage


Seat Count
375, 170

Arata Isozaki, NBBJ

The facility blends old and modern by giving an existing  landmark Central High School  building an ultra-contemporary addition.  

The centerpiece of City’s riverfront development, project entailed artistic integration of renovated 1920’s school  building with new wholly 21st century form, a process involving cross-cultural collaboration and compliance with strict budget requirements.