University of Cincinnati to renovate Gehry-designed building

CINCINNATI (AP) — The University of Cincinnati has announced plans to renovate the uniquely-designed building that houses the western Ohio school’s Albert H. Vontz Center for Molecular Studies.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports ( ) the university’s Dec. 20 filing with the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission states that the project could cost upward of $17 million.

The cartoonish 1999 College of Medicine structure was the brainchild of renowned American architect Frank Gehry. It serves as the home base for the college’s cancer biology research.

University officials say the first phase will cost about $5 million to fix the landmark’s most critical needs, such as a new roof. Funding for the renovation will come from UC’s state appropriation.

Gehry’s design is notable for his use of brick as well as distinctive wall lines and window sets.


Information from: The Cincinnati Enquirer,