UC Gardner Neuroscience Institute

UC Gardner Neuroscience Institute

Cincinnati, OH


  • Assignment: Construction Manager with a Guaranteed Maximum Price
  • Architect: Perkins and Will
  • Mechanical Engineer: HDR Inc.
  • Structural Engineer: Shell & Meyer
  • Civil Engineer: Jacobs Consultancy Inc.


The UC Gardner Neuroscience Institute is the first of its kind to blend architecture and neurologic patient care. The facility emphasizes light, comfort, flexibility and stress-reduction with a focus on neurological patient experience. A variety of activities occur at the institute bringing innovation in neurological medicine to the next level. It is a four-story, 110,611 sf steel frame outpatient research facility consolidating 15 head/brain specialties to one central location.


  • The project site was located on an urban campus with virtually no laydown space and high-priority traffic from ambulances traveling to the emergency department. To overcome these challenges, Messer implemented solutions including Flow Scheduling and prefabrication.
  • Exceeded 40% economic inclusion requirement by achieving 46% M/W/SBE participation.
  • 2021 Touchstone Award for Evidence Based Design and Research.
  • 2021 AIA/AHA Healthcare Design Award.
  • 2020 Best of the Best Design Awards, Best of Healthcare 35,000 square feet Platinum.
  • 2020 Iconic Innovation Award Winner, Architecture.
  • 2020 Interior Design, Best of Year Awards Finalist.
  • 2020 AGC Build America Award.
  • 2019 AGC Build Ohio Award.
  • 2019 ENR Midwest Best Projects Award of Merit.
  • 2019 AIA Chicago Distinguished Building Award Citation of Merit.
  • 2019 The Architect’s Newspaper Best Healthcare project and Editor’s Pick for best Façade.

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