Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Chemistry Building (CBEC)

The Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Chemistry Building (CBEC), Ohio State’s only Silver LEED-certified laboratory building, opened, 2015.

Unique two-building structure (six-story office tower; four-story research and teaching wing) connected by bridges. Shared by two colleges, two departments: College of Arts and Sciences (chemistry and biochemistry) and College of Engineering (chemical and biomolecular engineering).

Home of Koffolt Laboratories, named for engineering professor, Joseph Koffolt

CBEC optimizes leading-edge work in energy, technology and medicine, and expands exceptional learning opportunities for students. A novel design of transparency and connectivity provides a welcoming environment encouraging interaction and innovation.

CBEC opens the door to endless possibilities.

  • Maximizes our competitive edge and expands student learning opportunities
  • Increases leading-edge, life-changing problem solving and research to develop therapeutics, advanced materials, and more efficient and environmentally friendly chemical processes
  • Jump-starts careers in the sciences, health sciences and engineering to fuel Ohio’s economy
  • Facilitates collaboration and partnerships and helps us attract and retain top-notch faculty and graduate students
  • Supports the demands of modern research; provides safe, energy-efficient space; enhances creativity, exploration and invention


Details about the CBEC building


Inside of the CBEC building

Two Connected Buildings

  • A six-story tower for offices and theoretical research connected by bridges to a four-story lab wing with experimental research and teaching spaces
  • Houses the new Koffolt Laboratories, named for former chemical engineering department chairman Joseph Koffolt
  • Transparent floor-to-ceiling glass exteriors with sun-shielding mechanisms to maximize sunlight in winter and minimize in summer

Lobby/First Floor

  • Two-story, 140 ft. long trapezoidal glass panel “wave wall” encloses lobby
  • 71’ wide x 9’tall hexagonal, LED-light array by renowned artist Leo Villareal
  • Interior glass wall offers multi-floor view of Unit Operations Lab

Basement Laboratory Wing

  • 20-foot floor-to-ceiling height accommodates massive, state-of-the-art instrumentation to support today’s intensive research needs
  • Houses Core Laboratories: Nuclear Magnetic Resonance, Surface Characterization, X-ray Crystallography, Polymer Chemistry, Rheology, Polymer Processing and Biotechnology

Four Research Floors

  • 14 state-of-the-art research neighborhoods, each approx. 5200 gross sq. ft., serve nearly 400 faculty, graduate student and postdoctoral researchers
  • Centralized services, multiple interactive spaces, facilitate efficiency and research collaborations across disciplines

Top Floor (Sixth Floor)

  • Dow Student Lounge: Two distinct areas: High-ceiling reading area with window walls and spectacular views, campus to downtown Columbus; Groupthink space equipped with large format displays and workstations