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March 2011 Issue

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MSB REHAB UPDATE: Work on Schedule for New Occupants, New Restrooms Open

Published March 2011

The north side of the Medical Sciences Building (MSB), busy with construction for the past year, will get even busier by the end of 2011 as newly renovated areas receive their first occupants.
At the same time, the next area scheduled for renovation will be vacated as the MSB rehabilitation project continues its march toward completion on schedule.

"We’re starting to meet with user groups currently located in Phase III areas,” says Lejla Zejnilovic, a planner in the office of planning, design and construction. "We’ll be determining their space needs and working out time frames for their moves.”

The MSB rehabilitation project is a four-phase expansion and renovation of teaching and research space on the medical campus.

Phase I was construction of the Center for Academic and Research Excellence (CARE)/Crawley Building, which opened in August 2008.

The focus of Phases II-IV is to rehabilitate the mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems of the MSB, which opened in 1974.

In addition, a fire suppression system is being added, central restrooms are being brought up to Americans with Disabilities Act standards, fume hoods are being replaced and improvements are being made to the fume hood exhaust system.

Also in Phase IV, the southeast quadrant of the MSB will be converted to office space. Completion of the entire project is expected in 2015.

Renovated restrooms have been opened to the public on Levels 6 and 7, and restrooms will continue to be renovated approximately every 10 weeks.

Much of the Level 5 infrastructure work for Phase II is complete, with Levels 6 and 4 next in line. (Phase II is the northeast quadrant—facing Albert Sabin Way and the Levine Park area currently being used for construction staging—of Levels E through 6 of the MSB.)

Beginning in September, in addition to new occupants moving in to Phase II space, current occupants will be vacating Phase III space (the northwest quadrant of Levels 1 through 6 and the north half of Level 7).

Work on Phase III is expected to begin in early 2012 and last about 11 months.

"We will be working with the people vacating Phase III spaces to ease their transition to new offices and labs,” says Zejnilovic, who assumed the duties of Greg Braswell, former director of planning for the Academic Health Center, when he took a new position at UC Health University Hospital.

Zejnilovic has more than 20 years of experience in architecture and planning, with a bachelor’s degree in architecture and a master’s in health care architecture.

She plans to provide specific drawings to MSB occupants as part of the planning process for their moves.

"We recognize that working through construction can be challenging,” says Zejnilovic. "We need to keep the lines of communication open and have our eyes on the goal. Once it’s all done, we’ll have a wonderful space that the University of Cincinnati and the College of Medicine can be proud of.”

For more information and the latest updates, check out the MSB rehabilitation project’s page on the College of Medicine website at

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