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Date: 10/29/14

MSB Rehabilitation Project


Key Leadership:
Lejla Zejnilovic
Office of Planning, Design and Construction

Media Contact

To arrange interviews or learn more about the MSB-CARE/Crawley project, please contact the Academic Health Center Public Relations Office at 513-558-4553.

Project Overview 
The University of Cincinnati Academic Health Center, seeking to enhance and improve the quality of health by developing and applying knowledge in the health sciences, is in the midst of an ambitious renovation and expansion of the Medical Sciences Building (MSB).

Consisting of four phases, the project will provide new collaboration space, add the latest technology and create state-of-the-art research and educational space.


Phase Iówith groundbreaking in July 2004ósaw the construction of the Center for Academic and Research Excellence (CARE)/Crawley Building, which is connected to the MSB via a glass atrium. Opened in August 2008, the CARE/Crawley Building houses some of the most technically advanced laboratory research and teaching space in the nation. It is named for Edith Crawley, a UC alumna who bequeathed $12 million to the Academic Health Center to bolster research into eye disease for older adults and to support medical students and professionals dedicated to eye research.

Phase II involved major infrastructure work on the northeast quadrant of the 40-year-old MSB. Work began in March 2010 and was completed in September 2011. Work on Phase III (the northwest quadrant) began in January 2012 and ended in December 2012. Phase IV involves the south half of the MSB (Levels E-7 in the southeast quadrant and Levels 3-7 in the southwest quadrant) and also involves the conversion of lab space in the building's southeast quadrant into office space. Work is underway and on schedule, with a tentative completion date of early January 2015 for floors G-7. Level E completion will extend until April 2015 due to changes in the scope of work. Move-ins will start shortly after renovated space opens and last through June or July of 2015.

Project Quick Facts

  MSB Rehabilitation

Total project size:          917,000 gross square feet

Principal facilities:         laboratories (wet and dry)            138,724

(After Phase III)              Classrooms                                 39,090

                                    Offices                                      126,926

                                    Library                                        59,600

                                    Student support                          18,100

                                    Quality of Life spaces                   5,800


Exterior materials:          Brick

Interior materials:           Perforated wood panels, glass and aluminum curtain wall

with four-story galleria.


Mechanical upgrades: Large return on investment (ROI) due to efficiency gains


  CARE Expansion

Total project size:          240,000 gross square feet

Construction Cost:         $135 million 

Principal facilities:         Labs (teaching and wet labs)             162,268

                                    Offices                                         2,330

                                    Library                                          5,400

                                    Student support                          18,100

                                    Quality of Life space                   26,700


Exterior materials:         Zinc metal panels and brick with glass and aluminum curtain wall


Interior materials:           Slated wood panels, glass and aluminum curtain wall with glass-surfaced walkways.


Advanced Interdisciplinary Learning

The MSB complex is truly interdisciplinary, a place of opportunity for innovations in scientific discovery and education. Home to the College of Medicine, it houses over 20 research departments.


Offering amenities intended to foster collaboration, the complex includes areas where scientists and students can interact outside the lab or classroom. A fitness center, breakout areas, lounges, bookstore and a naturally lit atrium all serve to elevate the humanistic elements in research and education.


State-of-the-Art Laboratories

The MSB-CARE/Crawley Building project creates a new and exciting entrance to the MSB through the atrium, as well as housing six floors of laboratories to be used by graduate students, faculty and researchers. A high degree of flexibility has been designed in so that all labs can easily adapt to new science and technology for years to come.


New Health Sciences Library

The existing medical library received a significant upgrade and a new name: the Donald C. Harrison Health Sciences Library, named for Donald Harrison, MD, senior vice president and provost for health affairs, 1986-2002. It has multiple floors interconnected with floor openings and stairs, providing areas for students to interact. The floors are also open into the atrium, creating a sense of openness and spaciousness. Large areas have been developed as meeting and group study rooms of various sizes.

The library also houses the Henry R. Winkler Center for the Health Professions, named in honor of the president emeritus of UC and former chair of the center's advisory board. Founded in 1974, the center is a collection of rare books on the history of medicine; archives of internationally prominent medical figures, including Albert Sabin, MD; and historic photographs, oral histories, medical artifacts and medical instruments.    


Design Team

The University of Cincinnati hired Harley Ellis Devereaux to plan, manage and implement this comprehensive building program. Specializing in the design of advanced science, research and teaching facilities, Harley Ellis Devereaux has provided scientific and research institutions across the country with over 10 million square feet of research space over the past 10 years.


As signature design architect, the San Francisco-based firm STUDIOS Architecture was retained to program, plan and design the new research facility in collaboration with Harley Ellis Devereaux. The lead designer was STUDIOS principal Erik Sueberkrop, a UC alumnus.


GPR Planners Collaborative Inc., a leader in laboratory design, created state-of-the-art labs in the CARE/Crawley Building.


Other members of the design team include Affiliated Engineers, for mechanical and electrical engineering, and Hargreaves Associates, authors of the campus master plan, for landscape planning and design. 


The CARE/Crawley Building is a model for sustainable design in architecture. It has been awarded Gold certification under the United States Green Building Council's LEED scorecard rating system.