The College of Public Health moved into the completely renovated Cunz Hall in fall 2011.
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The building, which first opened in 1969 as the Dieter Cunz Hall of Languages, now offers state of the art spaces:
- 11 research wet labs
- Four classrooms with Smart Podium and Media Site lecture capturing
- 87 faculty offices
- Two student computer labs with fully integrated teaching technology
- One student wet lab with full audio visual aids
- Five conference rooms, including two with video conferencing
- 100% wireless access
- More than 5,500 square feet of student spaces
- 60,000 total square feet
"This renovation has resulted in a place that is full of light, encourages interaction in common spaces, and lives our public health mission of environmental sustainability. It is a joy to come to work every day in a place like this."
-- Former Dean Stanley Lemeshow, Cunz Hall Grand Opening, 2011
An Interactive Timeline: Cunz Hall deemed LEED Certified Silver
Cunz Hall recently became the first renovated building on campus with wet lab space to become LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) certified. The building’s LEED silver certification was made official in 2013 by the U.S. Green Building Council.
Originally built in 1969 as the Dieter Cunz Hall of Languages, Cunz underwent renovations and reopened as a state-of-the-art building in fall of 2011. This newly revamped building allowed the College of Public Health to be under one roof for the first time.
“Working on the Cunz Hall project was an eye-opening and invigorating experience,” said Renee Watts, facilities manager. “From the first renovation project we did on the 4th floor in 2005, to the finished product in 2011, the transformation of Cunz Hall was an amazing feat. Having the entire college together in one space after many years was an ultimate goal, but being housed in a building that operates efficiently, provides a pleasant environment and is a gem on campus is enormously satisfying.”
Learn about the highlights of Cunz Hall and the features that led to its LEED certification through the timeline below.
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In 2012, the building received Green Buckeye status, Ohio State’s certification that the college and building follow environmentally sound practices. The college is the first at Ohio State to earn the Green Buckeye Certification. The certification process requires Ohio State units to comply with numerous criteria in the following five areas:
- Communication and education
- Energy efficiency and conservation
- Recycling and waste reduction
- Water conservation
Cunz Hall has also earned design industry recognition:
Winner, 2011 Honor Award, American Institute of Architects Columbus Chapter
Finalist, 2011 James B. Recchie Design Award, Columbus Landmarks Foundation
Winner, 2011 Craftsmanship Award, Builders Exchange of Central Ohio, for the cast-in-place north/south external concrete stairs.
The Ohio State University recognizes that the built environment has a profound impact on our economy, productivity and the natural environment. The College of Public Health has the potential to demonstrate to the occupants and the greater community that building technology, science and operations can improve performance and reduce energy demands. A few highlights of Cunz Hall are:
Cunz Hall is the first renovated building with wet labs on campus to be LEED-certified, and achieved LEED Silver Certification in October 2013.
- Interior spaces glow with natural light from new windows, atriums, and glass walls.
- The building still has 90 percent of its original walls, floors and ceilings.
- Advanced heating and cooling equipment minimize the college's carbon footprint and reduces energy operating costs by 27 percent.
- Low-flow plumbing fixtures and native plants lower potable water demands by 52%.
- The green roof and Cunz Hall Rain Garden minimize storm water runoff to the Olentangy River.
- North and south external stairwells are easily accessible and encourage physical activity.
It is the College of Public Health's desire to lead by example and be identified with a building that physically demonstrates the mission and goals of the teaching and research performed at the College. This will be achieved through an improved physical facility and healthy interior environments.
The following series of videos was created to explain what LEED is, and to show what the college did to work toward LEED-certification.