CWRU Tinkham Veale University Center

  • Size: 89,000 SF
  • LEED Gold certified

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Food Service, Higher Education

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Independence Construction
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Case Western Reserve University
Perkins & Will

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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
  • Student dining area
  • Media lounge
  • Restaurant/bar open to the public
  • 9,000 SF multipurpose/ballroom event room
  • Classrooms
  • 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.

Sustainable features of the project include:

  • Substantial green roof
  • Recycled carpet tiles and terrazzo flooring
  • Radiant floor heat
  • Chilled beams
  • A double-glass curtainwall that reduces energy use through an innovative engineering system, while helping to maintain interior temperatures

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