Kowalewski Hall Renovation
University of Cincinnati College of Pharmacy
“When we build, let us think that we build forever. Let it not be for pleasant delight, nor for present use alone.”
– Samuel Hannaford, Architect (1835–1911)
Kowalewski Hall renovation is part of the UC Medical Campus Master Plan, a $480 million phased project that includes both new construction and renovation of existing Academic Health Center buildings.
Kowalewski Hall, home to the James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy, was designed by renowned Cincinnati architect Samuel Hannaford and originally completed in 1916. This five-story, 122,000 SF concrete frame and brick-clad building has four wings, providing a logical organizing path for redevelopment:
- The center wing contains the main entrance and pre-function rooms leading into the west wing’s active learning classroom, a pharmacy practice lab and student lounge.
- The north wing contains administrative and faculty offices.
- The south wing contains a team-based learning classroom, three laboratories and two large classrooms.
Wherry Hall, an addition to the south wing of HPB, was demolished. To heal the scars from this demolition and provide much-needed student study and gathering spaces, a small three-story glass-enclosed addition faces a new lawn, facing south. The top floor of this addition provides a roof deck overlooking this lawn. This addition also provides a new south entrance that will facilitate connection to a new Health Sciences Building.
The project was completed in phases to allow the college, IT, facilities and communication services to occupy the building throughout the historic renovation. In addition, a recently completed Pharmacy Practice Lab had to remain operational during the renovation.
The new educational spaces include:
- A unique 214 seat active learning classroom in the original vaulted ceiling auditorium of the west wing. This room is designed to facilitate teaching 122 students in teams sitting at tables, and another 92 fixed seats to accommodate large seminars and lectures.
- A Team-Based Learning classroom organizes twenty teams of six around workstations with a flat screen display, allowing each team to present their solutions to the entire class.
- A Basic Science Lab, Anti-Microbial Lab and a Cosmetics Lab provide the Pharmacy students with a variety of lab experiences.
- New 60 seat and 120 seat classrooms provide traditional teaching spaces.
This 100-year old building now provides state-of-the-art classroom and lab spaces for individual and team teaching, as well as inviting spaces for student interaction outside of classrooms.
Project Update – fall 2017
Phase 2 is nearing completion, at which time the pharmacy building project will be complete. Construction is currently ongoing for the Health Sciences Building (HSB), a $98 million building that will house the UC College of Allied Health Sciences. The new south entrance of Kowalewski Hall will become available once the site work at the new HSB project is completed; expected spring of 2019.