Project Details

University of Cincinnati

Cincinnati, Ohio


The new 225,000-square-foot, four-story College of Business at the University of Cincinnati will be a learning environment that provides a thriving environment for collaborative space for education, research and innovation through a flexible design. This project also includes a new signature central campus plaza for gathering and events at the heart of the campus. The design of this 80,000 SF plaza integrates the iconic landscape of the Campus Green with the Main Street Hardscape that defines the core of the campus.


Woolpert was contracted to provide structural engineering, electrical engineering, civil engineering, site MEP design and landscape architecture services as a subconsultant to KZF Design. Woolpert was the structural engineer of record for the building and plaza.

Due to growth of its student population—an increase of 200 percent graduate and 50 percent undergraduate since 2010—UC knew it needed a larger building with specialty functions. In addition to classrooms, auditoriums and research labs, the new building includes two interior courtyards, a large atrium with a café and outdoor dining terrace overlooking the new plaza, computer labs and a production studio.


In addition, the building seeks Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification with a focus on energy efficiency by reducing energy usage and storm water runoff, enhancing greenspace and trees and reducing its environmental impact by reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

To fit in with the urban landscape and provide moving water for interest, the plaza includes a bioswale designed to pretreat plaza runoff through a series of vegetated pools with small waterfalls that provide storm water management while complementing the signature design context of The Campus Green and Main Street.

The building expects to be open for classes in 2019.