University of Cincinnati

Calhoun Hall Renovation

Community. Connection. Cladding.

Calhoun Hall was constructed in the southwest quadrant of the University of Cincinnati in 1968 to provide housing for 860 students. The building is a 14-story concrete frame structure, built originally with a glass and metal curtain wall facade. Calhoun is 192 feet high and 172,967 square feet.

With the new renovations, Calhoun now contains 29 single, double and quad rooms on each of 13 floors, accommodating 792 residents. The lobby is 10,000 square feet and also contains 12,620 square feet of reservable classroom space. Combined, Calhoun has the largest residential lobby/lounge space on campus.

Holistic Student-Life

The University of Cincinnati leadership has recognized the importance of a campus that holistically supports the needs of on-campus student residents and has identified the renovation of Calhoun Hall as a priority in the upgrade of its portfolio of residential facilities. The site is located on the south side of UC’s Uptown Campus creating an “edge condition” and the Calhoun/Siddall high-rise complex serves as a primary point of entry to the campus for pedestrian students.


• To enhance the connection to the campus and create a gateway.

• To create a strong live/learn community.

• To re-clad the building to transform the appearance and improve performance.

Facade and Patio

Efficient Assembly

The façade is designed as a premanufactured custom megapanel assembly. Due to the tight site and expedited schedule the facade is manufactured off-site in a controlled environment. Panels are shipped to the site and set into place directly from a truck, eliminating the need for staging and minimizing steps in the construction process. As the panels are attached from inside the building, worker safety is increased and no additional exterior work is needed once put in place and fall protection is no longer required. In addition, the enclosure is complete and weather-tight as soon as the panels are installed and there are very few field joints to address in the overall façade creating a much tighter and efficient building envelope.

Cladding Diagram
Facade Close Up
Front Desk
01 Interior - Communal Space
03 Interior - Communal Space
Flex Work Spaces

A Connected Campus

The design considers all aspects of flow within the facility and across the site through connections between multiple levels of program space, enhancement of the gateway into campus from the south, and connections to adjacent buildings. In addition, the design includes an enclosed, elevated connector between Calhoun Hall and the adjacent Siddall Hall, allowing the two towers to function as a singular and unified residential complex.

A new two-story addition connects entries from two stories and provides much-needed common space. The interior renovations include reconfiguration of student rooms to provide more effective core functions as well as expanding lounge space, study areas, and new meeting/classroom space. On the ground level, the addition allows for community building among the residents of both towers with shared laundry, lounges, and “kitchen” functions.

02 Interiors - Communal Hall
Dorm Floor Diagram
Calhoun and Sidall