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Campus Upgrades Underway as Part of New School Year

The fall start of classes at UC on Sept. 24, 2008, will also mean that the campus community will be affected by and benefit from ongoing improvements on the university’s campuses.

Date: 9/16/2008 12:00:00 AM
By: M.B. Reilly
Phone: (513) 556-1824

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With the start of the University of Cincinnati’s fall quarter on Sept. 24, 2008, large numbers of campus community members will likely be affected by and benefit from ongoing projects and upgrades. These include

Center for Academic Research Excellence (CARE)-Crawley Building

Opening of CARE-Crawley Building
Completion of the nine-story Center for Academic Research Excellence (CARE)-Crawley Building on UC’s East Campus adds 240,000 square feet of laboratory and educational space to the UC Academic Health Center campus. The building, which represents phase one of the ongoing renovation of the Medical Sciences Building and Eden Quad, houses research related to eye diseases. Ribbon cutting for the CARE-Crawley was held Sept. 10, 2008. The building’s $118-million cost is funded by state and federal monies, bond financing and gifts, including $12 million from the late Edith J. Crawley of Muncie, Ind. The project broke ground on Oct. 5, 2004.

Teachers College/Dyer Hall Renovation
Renovations continue on the Teachers College/Dyer complex originally built between the 1930s and 1950s. The renovations began in January 2007 and address a deteriorated building envelope and windows as well as HVAC, electrical and plumbing systems. The ongoing work also includes necessary upgrades to meet ADA and current teaching standards. These upgrades include new lighting, data wiring and audio-visual systems. The $19-million renovation, the majority of which has come from state funding, will result in approximately 130 faculty and staff offices, four new learning rooms and a videoconference room as well as the campus’ Curriculum Resources Center. Teachers/Dyer reopened in late August 2008.

Morgens and Scioto Residence Hall Upgrades
The structures, built in 1964, have no fire-suppression systems and the fire alarms and interiors are in need of upgrading. The $10-million renovation to meet current building codes and common safety standards will begin in the fall of 2008 and be complete by 2010. When the halls reopen, they will feature sprinklers and integration into the campus-wide voice-warning system. The safety upgrades to these halls follow larger trends set in motion after the year 2000 when three students died and dozens were injured in a residence-hall fire at Seton Hall University. That hall, an older structure, did not have sprinklers.

Clifton Court Garage Renovation
Structural repairs needed in Clifton Court Garage, built in the 1960s, include replacement of the top deck, replacement of concrete and steel supports and upgrades to electric and ventilation systems. The $4.6 million in repairs and upgrades began in the fall of 2007 and were completed at the end of August 2008.

Zimmer Hall Renovation
The audio-visual and other systems in place in Zimmer Hall’s large lecture hall dated back to the 1970s, requiring upgrades for HVAC, communication and fire-response systems. The ongoing $3.3-million renovation will be complete in September 2008. 

Kettering Preclinical Science Lab Renovation
The $2.7-million renovation of second-floor labs to meet the research space needs for the Department of Environmental Health began in February 2008 and is set for completion in April 2009.

Langsam Library Roof Replacement
Complete replacement of the library’s 30-old roof is set for completion in October 2008.  Cost for removal of material and installation of a new roof is approximately $2.7 million.

McMicken Hall Heating System Upgrade
McMicken Hall is the university’s most heavily used classroom building, and half its heating system dates back to the building’s construction in 1948. A new heating system will be installed in the north portion of the building at a cost of about $2.2 million. The upgrade will be complete in September 2008.

Lindner Hall Roof Replacement
Replacement of the Lindner Hall roof also began in July 2008 and is set for completion in November 2008. That roof, dating back to 1986, will be replaced at a cost of $780,000.

Rhodes Hall Roof Replacement
Replacement of the Rhodes Hall roof began in July 2008 and will be complete in October 2008. The roof, dating back to 1993, will be replaced at a cost of $190,000.

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