Procter Hall sits at the fulcrum of the University of Cincinnati East and West Campus. Its prominent location allows the building to function as a gateway element as well as an elegant partner to the Vontz Center. The simple block massing provides a thoughtful counterpoint to Gehry’s dynamic building. The layered, louvered façade suggests a gateway pair with the University’s Central Utility Plant.
The façade renovation required superior technical knowledge and design insight to fully realize its considerable potential necessitates a complete integration of the two. The second façade wrapper improves envelope performance by buffering solar gain, wind infiltration, and water penetration. The quality of the wrapper transforms the building and its context with a thoughtful, quality execution that integrates meaning and technology in a durable, cost effective system. Urban gateway, envelope performance, and handsome detail inform and enhance each other to create an integrated whole.
After the façade renovation, emersion DESIGN was commissioned for additional interior renovation projects for the College of Nursing including three lecture halls, interior corridors, and the transformation of a seldom used museum space into a large conference room. The scope of these projects included interior finish selection and application from established building standards, area rug design, renovation to the existing ceilings to improve lighting and light reflection, and refurbishment of existing furniture for re-use by the University.
AIA Cincinnati Merit Award
Renovation while occupied
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