University of Cincinnati’s Medical Campus Master Plan entered its second phase with the start of construction on two new buildings. The Health Sciences Building will become the new home of the University’s College of Allied Health. The other new building will house the UC Gardner Neuroscience Institute. The construction is part of a $480 million project aimed to keep the university on the cutting edge of education, medical care, and research.
(Image of HSB construction courtesy of the University of Cincinnati)
The first phase of the Medical Campus Master Plan, including the construction of the CARE/Crawley Building, was completed in 2008. Subsequent phases included renovations to Procter Hall, Kettering Lab Complex and the Medical Sciences Building. In 2014, the UC board of trustees approved $27 million to renovate the Health Professional Building. Occupants of Wherry Hall, which had to be demolished to make room for the new Health Sciences Building, moved into the Health Professional Building in fall of 2016. This included the Winkle College of Pharmacy.
"The Medical Campus Master Plan has been an effort of nearly the last 20 years to upgrade this campus and support interprofessional, collaborative education of the four health colleges,” William Ball, MD, senior vice president for health affairs and Dean of the College of Medicine said in an article for UC Health News. "These are facilities that will help us advance research within the entire University; currently the Academic Health Center supports about 75 percent of research within UC.”
Construction on the $61 million Health Sciences Building (HAB) began in February, 2017 and is scheduled for completion in the winter of 2019. The four-story,117,000 square-foot facility will give the College of Allied Health (CAHS) 50% more space than its current location. It will include classrooms, laboratories and offices. The CAHS will be relocated from the Hastings and William French Building commonly known as French East. Plans call for French East to be converted to a simulation center by summer 2019.
The second building in this phase of the plan is the $60.5 million Gardner Neuroscience Institute. Over $40 million had been raised construction began in May, 2017. James J. and Joan Gardner Family foundation gifted $14M toward the project. Three other groups recently donated a total of $4.5 million to benefit areas within the UC Gardner Institute, including brain health, post-traumatic stress disorder research and neurorecovery.
The building is expected to be completed in late 2019. This 114,00 square-foot will serve as a hub for treating people with neurologic and psychiatric disease. It will bring all parts of the institute together under one roof. More than 125 doctors and researchers as well as specialize staff will work there. Currently, the institute is operated out of multiple buildings on the medical campus. The new space will also offer patients better access to advanced clinical trials.
Both buildings were designed by Perkins+Will and incorporate natural lighting into their layout and structure. “The design developed by Perkins+Will directly reflects the patient-centered culture of UC Health,” said Dr. Rick Lofgren, CEO of the hospital system aligned with the university. “The concepts put forth by their team make the building itself a part of the healing process, allowing the neuroscience team to treat patients’ holistic needs from the moment they enter the door.”
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On Wednesday, July 25,2018 Biotechnology Calendar, Inc. will host the 4th annual biomedical vendor fair at the University of Cincinnati. Suppliers wishing to increase their laboratory product sales should plan on attending this event. Here lab suppliers can meet with the medical staff, scientists and researchers who work on this campus to discuss their equipment needs.
With all the building and renovating happening at University of Cincinnati, it's the perfect time to educate the staff about your life science products through displays and demonstrations of the latest in lab equipment and supplies. Last year, this event attracted 144 attendees. Of these attendees, 41 were purchasing agents, professors and post docs. 22 were lab managers.
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