The University of Cincinnati (UC) Gardner Neuroscience Institute, a partnership between UC College of Medicine and UC Health, is in the midst of constructing a $68 million, 114,000-square foot outpatient center in the Uptown Innovation Corridor. The building, located at the corner of Martin Luther King Drive and Eden Avenue, is one of many exciting developments in the Corridor.
This month, Angela Black, executive administrative director of the UC Gardner Neuroscience Institute, and Robert Feldbauer, vice president of facilities for UC Health, gave the Uptown Consortium team a tour of the new institute. Messer Construction is nearing completion of the four-story building and expects the project to be finished by spring 2019.
“We are excited to bring this state-of-the-art facility to our patients, physicians and researchers,” said Feldbauer. “We believe the new facility will help the UC Gardner Neuroscience Institute provide even better patient outcomes through enhanced multidisciplinary care, research and education in one location.”
Once opened, the new UC Gardner Neuroscience Institute building will house more than 215 faculty and staff from 15 clinical specialties focused on the research and treatment of complex neurological and psychiatric conditions, including Parkinson’s, epilepsy, brain tumors, stroke and Alzheimer’s. Spaces will facilitate interdisciplinary collaboration among physicians, streamline clinical trial research operations and provide one-stop availability for key services.
“The new UC Gardner Neuroscience Institute will allow our team to better work together to deliver world-class care and cutting-edge research for all our patients,” said Black. “UC College of Medicine and UC Health have long been leaders in the neurosciences, and this facility will provide new resources and opportunities to continue improving care in Cincinnati and beyond.”
The UC Gardner Neuroscience Institute is working with the Uptown Consortium’s economic inclusion consultants, WEB Ventures, to ensure that local residents and minority business enterprises (MBE) and women business enterprises (WBE) benefit from the construction project. According to WEB Ventures, jobsite workforce composition, reported in terms of race, gender and zip code, is above the community benefit agreement goal of 17 percent. In addition, 42.7 percent of project spend to date has been with MBEs and WBEs, trending above the aggregate project goal of 31 percent.
The UC Gardner Neuroscience Institute broke ground in May 2017 and will be one of the first buildings completed in the Uptown Innovation Corridor, along with UC’s 1819 Innovation Hub. Other projects planned in the Corridor include:
Uptown Gateway by Terrex Development and Construction and Messer Construction
MLK Investors I development
NIOSH’s new consolidated research facility
Queen City Hills LLC development
The Uptown Consortium contributed $20 million in New Markets Tax Credits to the UC Gardner Neuroscience Institute for construction of the new facility.