University of Cincinnati / Rieveschl Hall Science Renovation Phase 3 & 4


Location: Cincinnati, Ohio

Conceptual Design
Feasibility Study
Interior Design

Size: 93,628 SF/Renovation

Teaching Labs
Administrative Space
Student Meeting

Rieveschl Hall, at the University of Cincinnati, is a multistory building built in 1968. The project is a renovation of the 600 and 700 level for the Departments of Biology and Chemistry. These two floors are approximately 93,628 gross square feet. The scope of work includes a complete renovation of 42,000 square feet, plus additional mechanical support. The renovated space focuses on accommodating the Department of Biology’s teaching laboratories, research laboratories, offices, conference rooms, and informal meeting areas. The teaching labs will be moved into smaller class sizes of 24 with more flexible systems to allow for group work and hands-on learning. The research labs will be designed as larger flexible spaces with support labs to attract new researchers, allow for flexibility as research changes, and encourage collaboration. The programming phase was important to define the teaching and research needs for the biology department, to plan for the flexibility required over time, and to better define the scope of the renovation within the given budget.

Infrastructure is a large component of the project, as the renovation requires replacement and upgrades to the entire infrastructure serving the two floors. The work includes a new VAV HVAC system to replace the existing constant-volume dual-duct system. New plumbing and electrical distribution is required for both floors. The scope of work also included asbestos abatement and steel reinforcement for increased loading ability.

GBBN in collaboration with Lord Aeck Sargent.