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UC Unveils Teachers/Dyer Complex Renovation 

Teachers/Dyer faculty and staff move home again after a two-year renovation process that updates the new complex for 21st century learning. 

Date: 8/8/2016 12:00:00 AM
By: Melanie Schefft
Phone: (513) 556-5213
Other Contact: MB Reilly
Other Contact Phone: (513) 556-1824
Photos By: Jay Yocis/ UC Creative Services

UC ingot   With major renovation milestones now complete, the University of Cincinnati’s Teachers/Dyer Complex will welcome back faculty, staff and students this year.
Outside of UC Teachers/Dyer Complex building entrance and front gardens
Newly renovated Teachers/Dyer Complex at the University of Cincinnati

Bringing together UC’s College of Education, Criminal Justice, Human Services (CECH) and Information Technology, the new Teachers/Dyer Complex provides a base for more than 130 CECH faculty members and 5,500 undergraduate and graduate students. The building also supports a number of all UC students, as 25 percent will take a least one class in Teachers College/Dyer Complex during their time at the university.

In a three-phase renovation process to unify Teachers College and Dyer Hall into the Teachers/Dyer Complex, Phase 1 was completed in 2001 renovating 7,000 square feet of classroom and office space on the 500 level and adding a new elevator. The first phase of renovations also completed several Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) upgrades and heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) improvements. The Phase 2 renovation was completed in 2008, completely modernizing the original Teachers College portion of the complex.

With the conclusion of Phase 3, the final renovations included a much-needed cleaning and preservation of the neoclassical features of Dyer Hall –– first built in 1931 and later joined to Teachers College in 1957. Champlin Architecture, who completed the Phase 2 renovation of Teachers College, now successfully brings the two buildings together with the Phase 3 unification of the complex’s functionality and design.

The new two-story atrium that also serves as the building’s new main entrance utilizes an abundance of natural light with new window construction throughout the complex. These new renovations will also generate significant energy efficiencies and are expected to be LEED Silver certified, which typically reduces energy and water expenses by as much as 40 percent.

In addition to ADA, HVAC, plumbing and electrical-system upgrades, the completion of Phase 3 added the following to the complex:
  • Five classrooms, bringing the total to 10; the building will also keep its 14 labs
  • A 120-seat auditorium with handicap accessibility
  • Two new elevators, bringing the total to four
  • A small coffee shop
  • Digital and multimedia capabilities in all classrooms 
  • A science lab complete with an exhaust hood, sinks, chemically resistant countertops and prep areas
  • New bathrooms on every floor; those on the first and second floors will have limited-access showers 
  • New conference rooms with the latest video conferencing equipment 
  • Relocation of all HVAC systems to the roof, thereby creating interior space for other uses
  • Specialized labs for math, science, information technology, American Sign Language, literacy and pedagogy
  • An outdoor classroom in the courtyard
  • New landscaping, outdoor seating areas and outdoor lighting
  • A video studio
  • Digital signage throughout the building
  • A more centrally located three-bay loading dock
  • A multi-functioning meeting and conference room named in honor of Elizabeth Dyer, former dean and education pioneer and donated by her sorority Chi Omega to honor Dyer’s legacy to the sorority and to education