University of Cincinnati

Cincinnati,

Student Housing, Recreation, And Student Center Master Plan; Recreation Center Business Plan

In 1997 B&D was selected by the University of Cincinnati to undertake an assessment of the university’s student center, recreation, and student housing facilities. The student body had become more diverse and demanding, and the university sought ways to match this changed context with state-of-the-art facilities for the next century. We developed market-responsive programs and feasible funding strategies for the development of ‘Main Street,’ where the student and recreation centers would be the anchors and be surrounded by retail and services. We also assisted the university with business planning for the recreation center. In 2002 the university opened the $39 million Jefferson Residence Hall and Schneider Hall. In 2004 the $50.7 million Tangeman University Center project was completed. Development of the $27.9 million Joseph A. Steger Student Life Center immediately followed, and in 2005 the $113 million Campus Recreation Center opened. The Steger Student Life Center and Recreation Center earned LEED certification in 2004 and 2006, respectively.

UNIVERSITY OF CINCINNATI RECREATION CENTER REDUCES PROCESS WATER CONSUMPTION, ACHIEVES LEED CERTIFCATION

The University of Cincinnati’s Campus Recreation Center achieved Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification, the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction, and operation of high-perfonnance green buildings.

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THE URBAN MIXED-USE CAMPUS

The classic image of the college campus in the American imagination tends to be the Thomas Jefferson–designed University of Virginia, for example, or Stanford University, both with large lawns, flower gardens, and stately quads creating a place separate from the cities they inhabit.

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THE GOOD LIFE

Many schools have spent millions of dollars to create recreation spaces with lavish touches that are appealing enough to satisfy existing students and lure potential ones.

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