Ohio State University plans to open an admissions center in the Global Center for Health Innovation, becoming the first non-health-related tenant in Cuyahoga County-owned facility.
The university will open a recruitment and outreach center on the third floor of a center in a vacant space that is being renovated, according to the Cuyahoga County Convention Facilities Development Corporation.
More details are not available because the lease agreement is being finalized, said an Ohio State spokesman, who confirmed the move.
Ohio State has had a recruitment center in Cleveland since 2013, when it opened an office on the 17th floor of the Terminal Tower. The building was sold in 2016 to the K&D Group Inc.
At that time, Ohio State said it would work with the Higher Education Compact of Greater Cleveland to encourage students, especially those in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, to go to college.
The concept for the Global Center, which opened in 2013, was to persuade big health-care companies to build showrooms for their medical technology, attract medical trade shows to adjoining convention center space and provide cutting-edge meeting space for continuing education.
While tenants include GE Healthcare, MetroHealth, Steris and Siemens, at least 20 percent of the four-story glass building — formerly called the medical mart — remains empty.
Ceilings and walls are being added to 25,000 square feet of vacant space on the second and third floors of the center. The unfinished areas were called “raw” by asset managers Conventional Wisdom and Rider Levett Bucknall in a 2016 report.
An official from Conventional Wisdom told the board Friday that the 2017 inspection of the convention center and Global Center showed much improvement, according to SMG, which manages the facilities.
The report indicated that almost all of the items that were cited for attention, repair or adjustment in the 2016 report had been addressed or are currently in the process of improvement.
Au Bon Pain, a bakery and cafe, will move into a larger vacant area along St. Clair Avenue. Starbucks will open next to it and both will include expanded access into the atrium.
The space currently occupied by Au Bon Pain has been leased to UPS, and will become a business center for the global center, convention center and local businesses.
The development corporation, the nonprofit organization that oversees the Huntington Convention Center and Global Center, retained BioEnterprise last October to oversee marketing, promotion and tenants at the center.
BioEnterprise, which promotes and nurtures health-care companies and bio-science technologies, moved 20 executives involved with business development, marketing, strategic initiatives and finance, moved into the downtown building in mid-January.