This Northeast Ohio showpiece project is the new heart of the Case Western Reserve University campus — a campus that has long been perceived as "split" due to its location on two sides of a major thoroughfare (Euclid Avenue). The building is centrally located and is provides the university with a 24/7 student gathering place, a home for student organizations, a jumping-off point for campus tours, and a community gathering space.
The facility houses student organization offices, a student dining area, a media lounge, a separate restaurant/bar open to the public, a 9,000 SF multipurpose/ballroom event room, classrooms, and a variety of conference spaces.
The design for the building has a decidedly 21st century look, with thrusting, wedgelike shapes, and sloping green roofs rising two stories out of the ground. The exterior is comprised of a mixture of precast, metal panels, and curtainwall.
The LEED Gold certified project features a substantial green roof, recycled carpet tiles and terrazzo flooring, radiant floor heat, chilled beams, and a double-glass curtainwall that reduces energy use through an innovative engineering system, while helping to maintain interior temperatures.