Cincinnati, OH
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  • Ohio

Christ Hospital

  • Healthcare
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  • Tan
  • Applied
  • Ohio


In 2012, the Christ Hospital Network in Cincinnati, Ohio, decided to add an orthopedic center of excellence to its already nationally renowned healthcare facility. The owners worked with an architect to design the seven-story, 381,000 ft2 LEED Silver-certified Joint & Spine Center, which linked it directly to the hospital’s existing surgical and imaging areas.

As part of the broader master plan, the client and architect agreed that the design for the Joint & Spine Center needed to reflect the historical redbrick vernacular of the other campus buildings. It also had to meet strict budget restrictions, deliver a watertight building envelope, and meet the high-performance goals set for the new building. All of these requirements would be met with a precast concrete design.

2019 PCI Award Winner

Project Details

  • Owner: The Christ Hospital Health Network
  • Architect: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
  • Engineer of Record: THP Limited Inc.
  • General Contractor: Messer Construction Company
  • Project Cost:  $280 Million
  • Precast Cost: $7.1 Million
  • Project Size:  381,000 ft2
  • Precast Size:  137,000 ft2


  • 2019 PCI Harry H. Edward Honorable Mention

Key Project Attributes

  • Precast concrete cladding provides a watertight building envelope.

  • The modular brick veneer was applied using a rubber form liner in a raked pattern, with contrasting panels designed to look like limestone, using a medium acid-etched finish.

  • The project achieved LEED Silver certification.


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The final result underscores how precast concrete construction delivers multiple scheduling, budgeting, and performance benefits without sacrificing architectural vision.
The precast concrete design also delivered increased efficiency to the site logistics, which was important because the new structure was erected with an active traffic lane along one side, a situation that limited the amount of construction to only two sides of the site at any given time.


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