The Sept. 21, 2005, start of classes at the University of Cincinnati brings building and green-space openings. At the same time, the first projects resulting from ongoing partnerships between UC, local employers and neighborhood groups are also complete.
Wtih the Sept. 21 start of classes, construction fences around several major campus projects – all part of UC’s ambitious Master Plan – are down and new facilities and spaces are open. Similarly, community-partnership projects – led by neighborhood groups but supported by UC and by the four other major employers in the Uptown region – are also open.
Master Plan milestones on and off campus include
Calhoun Street garage
University Park housing atop garage
McMillan Park retail on street level
The $40 million Calhoun Street garage, located between Calhoun Hall and Dennis Street, provides 1,000 parking spaces for the campus community as well as meeting and office space for the UC Marching Band, UC’s Facilities Management office and both UC’s Air Force and Army ROTC – all of whom moved into the garage early in 2005.
Veterinary Technology Center, Raymond Walters College
Construction began fall 2004
A $3.2 million Veterinary Technology Center of 8,140 square feet will house the RWC Veterinary Technology Program formerly housed in the East Campus Medical Sciences Building. The building, designed by staff in UC’s Department of Renovations, will house faculty offices, laboratory and lecture space.
Van Wormer Library renovations
Renovations began April 2004
Completion by Nov. 1, 2005
This renovation of UC’s Van Wormer Library, the last 19th-century building remaining on the Uptown campus, is the first major update to the building since 1930. Recent work includes new mechanical, plumbing, electrical, phone data, technology and other systems in order to meet current building codes and future needs. The exterior has been completely restored and a portion of roof has been replaced with a glass dome. (The building originally featured a glass-domed roof.)
The $10.7 million restoration was carried out by Dayton architectural and engineering firm Lorenz + Williams Incorporated, Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners of New York, and THP Limited Inc. Van Wormer will now house the Provost’s Office and the Graduate School offices.
Campus Recreation Center
Classrooms and housing are complete
Remaining aspects – fitness facilities and food service – to open Jan. 2, 2006
The $112.9-million center is designed by Pritzker-prize winning architect Thom Mayne of Morphosis, located in Santa Monica, Ca., in partnership with local firm, KZF Incorporated.
When completed, the 350,000-square-foot Campus Recreation Center will house far more than athletic activities. It will provide housing, dining, study, shopping and exercise options all under one roof. Amenities include
Membership in UC’s Campus Recreation Center will be open to students, staff, faculty and the community. Membership will be free to full-time UC students and available at a cost to
Hours of operation for the new CRC will be
MainStreet Open Spaces
Most of the building construction associated with UC’s “MainStreet” – consisting of University Pavilion, Tangeman University Center, Joseph A. Steger Student Life Center, residence halls and the soon-to-open Student Recreation Center – is complete. But MainStreet, the student-centered core of campus is more than buildings. It’s also urban green space designed by award-winning landscape architects and planners Hargreaves Associates and local partners GlaserWorks for a total cost of about $21.6 million that will serve to link the campus’ rising buildings. MainStreet open spaces include
IN THE COMMUNITY
Construction began spring 2003
The University Heights Community Urban Redevelopment Corporation (UHCURC), a non-profit development company composed of the Heights Community Council, Greek Affairs Council and UC is opening a 10-acre student housing project called Stratford Heights. Bordered by Clifton Avenue on the east and extending west of Stratford Avenue, the $67-million project will encompass 14 residential buildings (suite-style living with single-, double- and triple bedrooms) as well as study lounges, TV lounges, laundry facilities and outdoor decks and patios. The project also includes a community building as well as a multi-level garage built partially underground, dispersed surface parking and recreational areas for basketball, volleyball and other sports.
UC loaned $4.5 million to UHCURC for land acquisition and pre-development activities. The builder/developer team – the Heights Development Company – includes Towne Properties, Miller-Valentine Group, and Cole & Russell Architects, all of Cincinnati, and Mackey Mitchell Associates of St. Louis.
University Galleries on Sycamore
Renovations began in early 2005
Site is set to open on Oct. 14, 2005
A new gallery site for the university and community, located at 628 Sycamore Street, downtown, will showcase the University of Cincinnati Fine Arts Collection of nearly 4,000 works. It will also feature works on paper and contemporary art by local, regional and national artists, including UC faculty and students. For more on the gallery space, go to http://www.daap.uc.edu/gallery/gallery.htm
The Village at Stetson Square
Construction began November 2004
Completion in phases from mid-December 2005 to December 2006
The Corryville Community Development Corporation and the Bellevue Gardens Community Urban Redevelopment Corporation (primary owners) and their developer, Great Traditions Land & Development Company, along with Humphreys & Partners Architects and Cole & Russell Architects will build 52 owner-occupied rowhouses and about 200 luxury apartments in the block bordered by University Ave., Eden Ave., Highland Ave., and Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, adjacent to University Hospital. The $70-million project calls for condos and apartments centered around a village square and community park, promoting a pedestrian-friendly neighborhood.
Additional phases are
In support of these projects, UC provided financial assistance in the form of loans for land acquisition and pre-development expenses.
Construction began fall 2004
Townhouses set for completion in mid-October 2005