Surgical Infill, Emergency Department and Tower - UC Health

Cincinnati, OH


  • Assignment: Construction Manager
  • Architect: CannonDesign
  • Mechanical Engineer: Heapy
  • Structural Engineer: THP Limited
  • Civil Engineer: The Kleingers Group


As the largest construction project in the health system’s history, this project includes a 41,000 sf expansion and renovation of the existing Emergency Department (ED) at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, comprising of a three-story patient tower above the new ED and a new four-story surgical building to add operating room capacity and improve flow.


  • Messer spent $66 million with more than 40 local minority and women owned subcontractors which represent 48% total project spend. Additionally, nearly 25% of the workforce on the project have been minorities and women.
  • Through the Urban Workforce Development Initiative, 16 minority individuals from Avondale, Uptown, and other urban communities have been placed and started new construction careers with Messer and some of the subcontractors that worked on the project as of August 2023.
  • Serving as the region’s only Adult Level I Trauma Center, it was critical that construction activities did not impede on ambulance, air-care and vehicular traffic. Through meticulous planning and coordination, Messer ensured patient care and capacity were not impacted by construction activities.
  • The project team placed a strategic focus on utilizing Messer’s 5S Program to drive safety consistency and a best-in-class standard.

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