UC College of Business Wins Regional WAN Award

UC’s College of Business wins WAN award in the Future Projects: Education category.

The design for the Carl H. Lindner College of Business is based on the ambition to create a learning environment which encourages interaction, accommodates future change, and enhances occupants’ well-being. The project received a regional award for Future Projects: Education at the 2018 World Architecture News (WAN) Awards.

Classrooms will accommodate different kinds of instruction: generous floor areas, height-adjustable furnishings, and audio-visual capacity allow for traditional front-facing lectures as well as group work and activated learning. The auditoria on the ground floor similarly accommodate for different types of pedagogy and program: the flat floor in the lecture hall allows for multiple use and seating configurations, while the tiered platforms and furniture in the auditorium can facilitate traditional lectures and group work simultaneously.

Egress, toilet capacity, MEP systems, partition walls, and façade design are all designed to allow for transitioning much of the closed offices into a more open office environment in the future, which will allow for improved energy savings, increased capacity, and more synergy and interaction.

Collaborating with internationally-recognized Henning Larsen Architects, KZF is providing Architect of Record services for the new, 225,000 SF state-of-the-art business school facility. The $120M, four-story building will feature glass facades, a grand atrium and lobby, open workspaces, a courtyard, a large café, lecture spaces and a teaching lab, amongst other amenities. This new facility is expected to be completed by the 2019 fall semester.

The design targets LEED® Gold Certification and prioritizes sustainable strategies that will minimize environmental impact while simultaneously maximizing human comfort and well-being – indoors and out. The façade design supports the building’s energy performance and allows sufficient daylight into both offices and classrooms.

This is the first award for the Carl H. Lindner College of Business at the University of Cincinnati.

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