Design for Innovation



The PAST Foundation is comprised of group of scientists and educators who work together to create curricula for STEM schools harnessing a learn-by-doing approach. The organization connects teachers in Central Ohio districts with the necessary tools to integrate this curriculum into schools. The PAST Innovation Lab is a renovated warehouse divided into diverse, hands-on learning labs; small, group collaboration spaces; flexible seating areas and ample technology. Central to the design is a large “agora” space. This centralized area supports overflow from adjacent classrooms through overhead garage doors. Flanking each classroom area are focused technology laboratories.



The 32,000 SF lab is the first independent, research and development educational prototyping facility in the United States. Since occupancy, the Foundation has been able to secure new educational clients, expanding the sphere of educational influence throughout the Central Ohio region and modeling best practices on a national basis. Additionally, PAST has been selected for recognition as a Smart 50 organization from Smart Business Magazine as the top Innovator in Central Ohio, and their CEO, Analiese Corbin, was also cited as an innovative leader. Additionally, PAST was recognized in early 2016 by the United States Department of Education for their work on improving STEM curriculum. They were the only entity in Ohio to be cited.

Read our recent Reclaiming Columbus post on the PAST Innovation Lab here.


Year Completed: 2016
Location: Columbus, Ohio
Client: PAST Foundation
Square Footage: 19,000 SF
Consultants: KLH Engineering
Construction Manager: Premier Commercial Construction