Collegiate Historic Renovation

  • Chatfield
  • Chatfield
  • Chatfield
  • Chatfield

Collegiate Historic Renovation

emersion DESIGN was commissioned to perform a full building assessment to inform Chatfield College, a liberal arts college with a concentration in business, of the conditions and possibilities for an existing historic building in Over-the-Rhine. This report allowed the College to complete its due diligence prior to purchasing the 1890s building with 1922 addition. The assessment included anticipated life expectancy of the roofs, identification of major envelope issues and interior concerns related to the building being repurposed for institutional use. Current architectural conditions were analyzed as they relate to renovation codes including life safety, elevator, restroom capacity, and ADA, as well as issues associated with the existing thermal envelope.

emersion DESIGN performed a College spatial audit and building Master Plan. Recommendations and potential techniques to minimize energy usage were provided along with preliminary LEED analysis. Upon completion, emersion DESIGN provided a program and schematic design as a basis for probable construction costs. Renovated spaces include classrooms, offices, student casual and collaboration spaces, science lab, art studio, ancillary spaces and a chapel. The project is pursuing Historic Tax Credits.

Historic renovation

Collegiate classrooms, administration, lab, studio and student spaces

Funding assistance

Chatfield College
Energy use intensity
44 kBtu/ft2
Project contact
Chad Edwards
513 841 3907
The original building, the small structure shown, was a stable built along the canal for the brewery industry.
Cincinnati Historical Society
The original structure had 2 additions which served as a broom factory for the Cincinnati Welfare for the Blind.
Cincinnati Historical Society
The original building's fa├žade was covered over in the 1940s. Remnant details still exist.
Cincinnati Historical Society
Chatfield college
The historic building sat vacant for years on a prominent city corner before Chatfield College invested in the building and neighborhood.
emersion DESIGN