Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine at South Pointe Hospital

Two owners, one building slated to be phased out of service, and a non-negotiable completion date make this project one of the most interesting of 2015. Located at South Pointe Hospital in Warrensville Heights, Ohio, the project was a collaboration between Ohio University and Cleveland Clinic.

Serving as Construction Manager, Donley’s work consisted of two distinct components, each with a unique owner, scope of work, and budget. The first component (Cleveland Clinic) consisted of selective demolition and mechanical and electrical infrastructure upgrades to prepare the existing 4-story, 65,000 sq. ft. facility for Ohio University and their newest Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine (HCOM) satellite location. The second component (Ohio University) consisted of the demolition of architectural, branch electrical, and HVAC systems, followed by the complete build-out of the space.

Featuring a new lobby with a grand staircase and skylight, HCOM now provides students with state-of-the-art classrooms, study rooms, conference rooms, a library, staff offices, learning labs, and a 3,100 sq. ft. anatomy lab with walk-in cooler. Existing exam rooms were upgraded to become simulation and teaching rooms, providing opportunities for hands-on experience to medical students.

An open approach allowed the team to function efficiently, with a clear understanding of the anticipated outcome, and with a constant focus that the safety of patients, staff, and visitors was always the top priority. Early, frequent, and honest communication between Donley’s, the owners, architect, and all contractors aligned the various priorities and considerations for the project into one cohesive plan, including the need to minimize disruption to the existing medical facility two floors above and to the adjacent medical office building.

Design/Assist, early engagement with the electrical contractor, phased packaging, and real-time discussions of issues ultimately shaved two months off the project’s substantial completion date. As Ohio University’s first CM At Risk project, Donley’s preconstruction and construction teams worked hard to earn the University’s trust—and maintain the previously established trust of the Cleveland Clinic—by serving as stewards of the construction dollars, ensuring accountability across team members, establishing non-negotiable deadlines, and putting the needs of the client above anything else.

Donley’s is currently working on the new HCOM center on Ohio University’s campus in Athens, Ohio.


The design of the renovated space has very modern elements, emphasizing the use of open spaces and vivid solid colors. Many of the walls of the existing space had to be removed in order to create the vast open areas that are intended to support a team environment.

A steel-framed, square stairwell that features bamboo treads and is lighted from above with ornate, oblong lamps is a main focal point of the office. In addition, decorative gypsum soffits surround much of the space, creating a three-dimensional aspect. The kitchen’s free-form table is illuminated by a matching soffit above, while a rooftop deck on the second floor provides an outdoor eating area. A new soundproof conference room features high-tech audiovisual components including a built-in projector.

The project’s design maximizes daylight with plentiful windows and daylight access, while utilizing renewable energy resources. A full 89% of construction materials came from regional sources, and the office’s parking lot hosts six reserved spaces for fuel-efficient or low-emitting vehicles.

This project is LEED Gold certified.

Oswald Corporate Headquarters

This project consisted of the complete fit-out of office space to house Oswald’s corporate headquarters on the 14th, 15th, and part of the 13th floor of the 22-story office tower in the heart of downtown Cleveland’s NineTwelve District. The stunning new space features:

  • an inviting lobby with floor-to-ceiling glass walls and doors that allow views to the outside
    an executive boardroom with built-in video conferencing capability and seating for 16 to 20 individuals
  • various meeting spaces, including eight-person training rooms and ultra-flexible huddle rooms for groups of two to four individuals
    multiple café spaces
  • connecting stairs that enable movement from floor to floor without leaving Oswald’s office

Located on the first floor of the newly christened Oswald Centre building is the highly visible 4,000 sq. ft. Conference Centre that includes:

  • a partially enclosed and dividable meeting room that can seat 60 to 100 individuals
  • a fully automated audio/visual system with wireless microphones, motorized projection screens, and touch panel controls
  • a comfortable and stylish lounge reception area

Ernst & Young

This project consisted of the complete fit-out of the third floor of the O’Neil’s Office Building in downtown Akron in order to house the offices of Ernst & Young. The stunning new office provides space for more than 200 employees and includes:

  • executive offices
  • a library
  • conference and team rooms
  • a lunch room
  • restrooms
  • a mail room
  • computer facilities

Allstate Insurance Company

This project involved the renovation of existing interior space (mail room, computer space, and offices) into workstations, meeting rooms, and updated offices. The renovated space features:

  • updated HVAC systems
  • new lights
  • upgraded and expanded restrooms
  • new phone and data services

An emergency generator was installed to provide back-up electricity to all of the new workstations.

In addition to the interior renovation, Donley’s was also responsible for the addition of 238 parking spaces to the site’s existing parking lot.

Allstate North Building

This project consisted of the renovation of interior space of two floors into new offices, small conference rooms, training rooms, and open office areas for workstations.

The renovated space features:

  • a revised floor plan
  • completely new finishes (ceilings, walls, flooring)
  • updated HVAC systems
  • retrofitted light fixtures
  • new phone and data services