As demand increases for the University of Cincinnati’s programs in allied health sciences, students and faculty had outgrown their space, often using makeshift study areas in hallways and struggling to find places for group work. The old buildings were scattered across campus and did not support the collaborative approach to learning that today’s health sciences field demands. The new Health Sciences Building brings this department together under one roof to create interdisciplinary connections. 1,200 students and 130 faculty and staff now learn and teach in an architecturally stunning facility that encourages engagement: the centerpiece for a new, connected health campus. Set back from the street to create connections with other campus buildings, the crescent-shaped building where classrooms and balconies overlook a three-story atrium provides a functional learning environment on the cohesive medical quad.
Dale Magoteaux, University of Cincinnati
The 117,000-square-foot building is framed in concrete and curves around a new 1.5-acre grass forecourt in front. It finishes at one end in a sharp-angled cutout terrace, four floors of windows bathing the interior in natural light. Students are now preparing for competitive careers in an exciting new building tailored for a collaborative curriculum. “Learning on display” was a main design driver, with all learning, professional training, and research spaces positioned around the atrium. No matter how users move through the building, they are constantly reminded of the program’s mission.
Mark Jolicoeur, Managing Principal