University of Cincinnati Calhoun Hall Renovation

Originally built in 1967, University of Cincinnati’s Calhoun Hall serves as the southern gateway to campus. The more than $80 million renovation of the 16-story, 172,967 square foot residence hall has an eco-friendly design that puts the student experience at the center.

Calhoun Hall has 13 alternating male and female residential floors totaling 372 rooms for 792 students. Residents have access to new health club style common bathrooms, lounges, study areas, meeting/classroom space, service centers, an outdoor terrace, a community kitchen and resident amenities. The original brick and curtainwall exterior envelope was also replaced with a new panelized façade designed to maximize the amount light coming into the rooms.

Nearly all MEP infrastructure and interior finishes were replaced. Recently installed BUR roofing, main switchgear, fire protection and water heating systems were retained. The HVAC plant systems, consisting of chilled water and steam, were redone at the inlet of the building, with all new pumps, steam train, and heat exchangers, serving new terminal equipment throughout the building. All lighting was upgraded to LED in the dormitory and corridors.

At a Glance

Cincinnati, OH
Project stats
+ 172,967 square feet
+ 16 stories
+ 13 residential floors
+ 372 dormitory rooms
+ Cost: $80 million
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