FIRST LOOK: UC Health reveals design for $60M building

UC Health today revealed the design of the University of Cincinnati Gardner Neuroscience Institute, a $60.5 million building that appears destined to be a landmark for both its architecture and the medical services offered.

Construction is to begin in May on the 114,000-square-foot building, which will incorporate welcoming spaces and natural light that studies have shown promote patient healing.

When completed in 2019, the four-story building in Corryville will serve as a hub to treat people with neurologic or psychiatric disease s. All of UC Health’s outpatient neurologic care and patient education activities will be provided in the building on Martin Luther King Drive East, which is between Eden and Bellevue avenues.

Perkins+Will, a Chicago-based firm that is also the architect for the $61 million Health Sciences Building under construction on UC’s medical campus, consulted with UC Health patients to design a structure with ease and accessibility in mind. Patient input was considered with regard to clinical care locations and accessible parking located underground as well as conference and education spaces.

“The design developed by Perkins+Will directly reflects the patient-centered culture of UC Health,” said Dr. Rick Lofgren, CEO of the hospital system aligned with the university. “The concepts put forth by their team make the building itself a part of the healing process, allowing the neuroscience team to treat patients’ holistic needs from the moment they enter the door.”

The Neuroscience Institute, which was established in 1998 through a partnership between the UC College of Medicine and UC Health, is now operated out of multiple buildings on the medical campus of the university. The new building will bring together more than 125 doctors and researchers with specialized staff. A total of 215 people will work there.

“Soon, neurologic and psychiatric patients will have a new home in Cincinnati,” said Dr. Joseph Broderick, medical director of the UC Gardner Neuroscience Institute.

More than $40 million has been raised so far to help pay for the building, including a $14 million gift from the James J. and Joan A. Gardner Family Foundation of Mason, which is linked to Cintas Corp.

The Farmer Family Foundation also contributed a lead gift. The UC Foundation launched a $54.5 million fundraising campaign in 2015 to contribute to the creation of the facility and expanding its programming. The space will also offer patients better access to advanced clinical trials.

About $26.6 million of the money donated will help pay for the building and $28 million will go toward program costs. The remaining funds needed for the project are to come from the university and UC Health.

Original article posted on March 23, 2017 by the Cincinnati Business Courier.