Supporting Science, Improving Outcomes
University of Cincinnati, Rieveschl Hall Renovation
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Cincinnati, OH | 114,000 SF
Embracing a new model of how students and researchers investigate and learn, the renovation of Rieveschl Hall at the University of Cincinnati puts the mechanics of biology and chemistry experiments on display and makes the process of collaboration and discovery more visible and open. The updates to the building’s labs do more than create an environment where researchers want to be, they help make the work of research more precise through better technology, equipment, and ventilation.
Originally constructed in the 1960s, Rieveschl Hall’s lab spaces felt siloed and closed off from each other and it was hard for students working in the building to feel connected to the rest of campus. Greater transparency within the labs creates better views to the surrounding landscape and allows more daylight to permeate the interior.
Snakes like specific temperatures. Spiders dislike building vibrations during mating season. Research doesn’t stop for construction. This project was thoughtfully and strategically phased to avoid disrupting research work, some of which goes on 24 hours a day. Working with researchers on a clear communication plan meant their work could carry on uninterrupted.
World-changing ideas grow in labs, but they’re born over coffee. We helped make those interactions more likely by relocating mechanical units to the roof and moving their accompanying shafts. Now there is more student interaction space, including a pantry, a kitchenette, a conference room, a study area, and work areas for graduate students to inspire and inform each other.