Building Quick Facts

Built: Opened in August 2008

Total Building Cost: $135 million

Size: 240,000 square feet of laboratory and teaching space to the medical campus. Includes 44,872 square feet of completely updated library space

Highlights: Designed to achieve LEED™ certification for sustainable building practices. Received the American Architecture Award in 2002.

Designer: Erik Sueberkrop, UC alumnus and STUDIOS Architecture principal.

Exterior: Materials include brick, zinc panels, glass and aluminum curtain wall.

Interior Structure Attributes:
Connects to the existing Medical Sciences Building in a full height, glass-sided, nine-story atrium,spanned by seven glass bridges

Six floors of open bench laboratory space with conference rooms and ancillary support areas

Improved service and support areas such as dining area, fitness center and bookstore

Open, urban-like setting encourages interactivity and a sense of collegial community

Ground floor 'study huts' create quiet enclosed spaces for meetings, discussions or study within the activity of the atrium

Glass bridges designed to withstand 800 pounds of pressure per square inch.


The CARE/Crawley Building is about collaboration in a setting where scientists and students can interact outside the lab or classroom and exchange knowledge.

The striking exterior design encourages innovation, inspiring students and faculty toward new approaches in research. Meanwhile, the nine-story atrium bathes the interior in natural light, radiating warmth and openness.

With this new addition, UC boasts an ideal setting for its researchers, educators and clinicians as they seek answers to the health-related problems facing us today.

The CARE/Crawley Building provides 240,000 square feet of new space on UC's medical campus, including lab, research, teaching and library facilities. It creates an open, urban-like setting, to encourage interactivity and a sense of collegial community.

STUDIOS Architecture planned and designed the building in collaboration with Harley Ellis Devereaux. Erik Sueberkrop, a UC alumnus, STUDIOS Architecture principal, and lead designer on the project, won the Chicago Athenaeum American Architecture Award for the building design in 2002.  

A History of Success Through Medical Research
Successful medical research hinges on the ability to translate findings into the most advanced patient care. UC has a long history of translating findings into better treatments-from the development of the first treatment for acute stroke, to the discovery of a protein and subsequent therapeutic vital for lung development in infants.

It was expert patient care at UC that led Cincinnati native Edith J. Crawley to invest in the education and research mission at the university. Her forward-thinking gift supports the creation of a research center for eye disease in older adults and a scholarship fund for students, residents and fellows involved in vision research.

A Green Building
Green spaces give way to green ideas in this environmentally friendly showplace-indoors and out.

The newest building on the medical campus may also be one of the "greenest" science buildings in the nation. The CARE/Crawley Building was designed with sustainability in mind, from its overall design to the materials and methods used in its construction.

The building is designed to achieve a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver Rating from the U.S. Green Building Council, a nonprofit organization committed to sustainable building practices. That will be a significant accomplishment for a laboratory research building, which by its primary function is energy intensive.