The Ohio State University Locker Room Renovation

Renovating the Woody Hayes Athletic Center locker room at The Ohio State University was the next step in maintaining OSU’s football legacy. Committed to improving their training facility, OSU chose Barton Malow as their partner to build on this commitment.


The angular locker room known as the “Woody” has been redesigned to open the 10,000 square foot area in to a more open space. The Athletic Department wanted to incorporate a lounge area and felt the Buckeyes needed a larger area for the coach to talk to the team.

The renovation consisted of a total interior demolition of the existing space. Upgrades include:


•        New locker, shower and rest room areas

•        New grooming areas

•        New players lounge

•        125 new lockers (including lockers for former OSU players now in the NFL)

•        Renovated hydrotherapy area which features a “water wall”

•        New equipment lockers

•        New dehumidification unit to serve the renovated hydrotherapy areas

•        Updated HVAC equipment

•        Updated LED lighting


The locker room has a nutrition area, a Gatorade station, and a water wall that separates the lounge area from the hydrotherapy room’s hot and cold wet areas. The renovation significantly improved the flow of space and trainers can now seamlessly access hydrotherapy, straight through to the locker room. The upgrades include a lot of technology: HD TVs, a gaming center, and iPad docking stations in each locker. Now players and recruits can expect the best out of OSU’s athletic facility.

Todd Ketola

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