The Medical Sciences Building (MSB) Rehabilitation Project is on the move—literally.
For the next five months, occupants of Phase IV areas will be moving out to make way for rehabilitation work that is scheduled to begin June 1, 2013. Once that work is done (scheduled for the end of 2014) and move-in is complete (mid-2015), the project will be finished after more than 10 years of work.
The four-phase rehabilitation project began in July 2004 with groundbreaking for the CARE/Crawley Building (Phase I). Phases II-III focused almost entirely on infrastructure improvements to the 38-year-old MSB in its northeast and northwest quadrants (adjacent to Albert Sabin Way). The only cosmetic changes for Phases II-III involved renovation of perimeter offices and some restrooms located near classroom areas. Phase II move-in is nearly complete; Phase III move-in is under way and will continue through May 2013.
Phase IV is the south half of the MSB, adjacent to University of Cincinnati Medical Center (formerly University Hospital). Levels 3-7 are affected in the west portion of the Phase IV area (adjacent to UC Medical Center and Eden Avenue); Levels E-7 are affected in the east portion (adjacent to UC Medical Center and the Cardiovascular Research Center).
The Phase IV areas will receive the same infrastructure renovations that the Phase II-III areas received, says Dale Magoteaux, project manager, Office of Planning, Design and Construction. But there will be other noticeable changes:
Student lockers have been moved from the E Level to the G Level (G-351). The move, which is temporary and part of the Phase IV move-out, was accomplished over the winter break.
Due to building code issues, offices located along the bridges to UC Medical Center on Levels 5, 6 and 7 will be demolished. Once that is done, the bridges will be used purely as walkways.
Lab space in the southeast quadrant will be converted to office space. Once Phase IV is complete, there will be no more labs in the southeast quadrant. Because of the major reconfigurations, not everyone who moves out of the Phase IV area will move back in when work is complete.
The next few months are crucial to the success of this phase of the project, says Lejla Zejnilovic, a planner in Planning, Design and Construction whose duties include overseeing space planning for the move-out and move-in processes.
"Everyone must be out of the Phase IV areas by the end of May; however, due to the number of departments that need to be moved we are actively scheduling moves from January through May,” she says. "We’re working with each department to develop a feasible move schedule.”
Zejnilovic has been busy meeting with departments affected by Phase IV and working with them on move-out plans to ensure that the relocations go as smoothly as possible. Some occupants of Phase IV areas will move into newly rehabilitated areas elsewhere in the MSB, while others will be moving to other buildings on or near the medical campus, including the Stetson Building, the Vontz Center for Molecular Studies, the Cardiovascular Research Center (CVC), the CARE/Crawley Building and the Health Professions Building, or to UC’s Victory Parkway Campus.
The Victory Parkway Campus, not to be confused with the UC Physicians office building on Victory Parkway near Martin Luther King Drive, is located at 2220 Victory Parkway and is the site of the former College of Applied Science. Shuttle transportation between the medical campus and the Victory Parkway Campus began in September, with a stop in front of Eden Avenue Garage. There is also a stop at the UC Physicians office building for the shuttle, which had previously operated between the West Campus and the Victory Parkway Campus with no stops in between.
Zejnilovic says now is the time for departments to look at their furniture and equipment inventories and reduce them if possible before the actual move by discarding any broken or unusable items. Questions about unneeded furniture and equipment should be directed to the Office of Asset Management at 513-556-0192.
It’s also important, Zejnilovic says, for departments to respond in a timely manner to any requests for information from Planning, Design and Construction so that the project can remain on schedule.
Zejnilovic says many people have been asking what happens in 2015 when the MSB Phase IV work is complete. A committee from the College of Medicine and Planning, Design and Construction has begun meeting with business administrators from each department to gather data that will be used for future space planning. Various criteria—such as chemicals used, shared equipment, programmatic issues, growth potential and others—will be used to determine optimum locations and proximities.