The new, 225,000 SF cutting-edge Lindner College of Business is located in the heart of the University of Cincinnati. Design focuses on fostering collaboration, inspiration, flexibility, and sustainability. The relationship between building structure and layout, and open, daylit interior promotes human interaction, adapts to changing pedagogy, and sparks enquiry. The design is a response to the concept that physical surroundings and academic achievement are intertwined.
Record-setting enrollment created the need for a larger home for the college, reflecting its rising national and international profile as well as future vision. “This stunning addition to our campus transforms what we are able to offer our students, faculty, alumni, and business partners,” says dean Lewis.
“We wanted the college to be not an object on the campus, but an extension of it,” explains the project architect. “…people can’t learn or work well if they feel boxed-in and invisible. The ability to connect had to be second nature – coming from a motivation to be the most open building on campus.” The building includes 5 research labs, 235-seat lecture hall, areas for student seating as well as “huddle” or private meeting rooms, and state-of-the-art IT infrastructure.
The most distinctive aspect is the full-height atrium in the building center; skylights and interior use of glass floods the space with natural light in every corner. Interior/outdoor courtyards provide seating and gardens allowing for a chance to commune with nature, hold outdoor meetings, or enjoy lunch. Targeting LEED Gold certification, sustainable strategies and materials are employed throughout, including a vegetated roof.