The Medical Sciences Building (MSB) Rehabilitation Project is a massive undertaking, spanning more than a decade in four phases which began with groundbreaking for the CARE/Crawley Building (Phase I) in July 2004. Rehabilitation of the MSB’s infrastructure (Phases II, III and IV) is well under way, with completion of Phase IV scheduled for Dec. 30, 2014. A key figure is Lejla Zejnilovic in the Office of Planning + Design + Construction, who plans and coordinates space reassignment and relocations associated with the project. She took a few moments to talk about her duties. What is your title, and how long have you worked in your current department and at UC? "I am a planner, and I've been at UC with Planning + Design + Construction for almost three years."
What is a typical day for you? "I'm very, very busy working on the MSB Rehabilitation Project relocations. The last (and biggest) phase of this huge project—Phase IV—is rapidly approaching. For many months my typical day consisted of meeting with various user groups from 30-plus departments/divisions that will be moving as part of the last phase and then creating existing and relocation drawings and space spreadsheets for them. Since completing those, more recently my typical day consists of updating any drawing/spreadsheet changes required, communications with the user groups on move coordination/logistics, giving tours of relocation spaces and also coordinating all of the work with the Rehab Project team and Space Management. In addition to my other planning office assignments, I participate in several committees, including the COM Space Committee and the MSB Rehab Coordination Committee, for which I prepare various presentations and drawings."
What do you enjoy about your job? "I really enjoy meeting with people and helping them with their space needs, whether it's regarding relocations or other space. It makes me feel good when I can help others."
Before you came to UC, what was your background? "I graduated from Clemson University's prestigious Master of Architecture + Health program, after which for many years I worked for several national health care architecture firms as a medical planner. During that time, I designed various health care spaces, several of which have been built right here in Cincinnati (primarily for the TriHealth system). One of my favorites was a women's and imaging center I designed."
Do you have any hobbies? "I enjoy reading, hiking, dancing and cooking (especially international dishes)."
Tell us something people might not know about you. "I speak five languages! It's fun to have people guess which ones."