University of Cincinnati Hits Construction Milestone For Old Chem Replacement

A construction crane at the site of UC Old Chem

The University of Cincinnati (UC) is embarking on a transformative journey with the $190 million renovation of the Old Chemistry building, affectionately known as “Old Chem.” This ambitious project marks a significant milestone in UC’s ongoing efforts to modernize and expand its academic and research facilities. BHDP is proud to serve as the architect of record for this exciting endeavor.

On January 4, a tower crane rose over Old Chem, signaling the start of construction for this two-year project. The new building complex will feature 205,000 SF of state-of-the-art academic and research space for the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Engineering. This initiative is part of UC’s broader vision to enhance its campus with new dorms, renovated housing, and advanced classroom buildings, reflecting the university's record-breaking enrollment.

The original Old Chem building, a 63,000-SF brick structure completed in 1917, is undergoing a comprehensive renovation. This includes the preservation of historic elements, such as a Rookwood Pottery fountain from the main foyer, which will be reinstalled in a new location. The 1938 concrete addition, which faced structural issues, is being replaced by a new 144,000-SF lab wing.

This project is more than just a renovation; it is a revitalization of a historic landmark to meet the demands of modern education and research. 

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Kaitlyn Dwenger

Kaitlyn Dwenger, Marketing and Communications Specialist

Kaitlyn Dwenger is a member of the marketing team at BHDP. As a Marketing and Communications Specialist, she captures the stories happening inside and outside the firm through internal communications, public relations, and social media.

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