Case Western Reserve University, Tinkham Veale University Center
Situated in the center of three separately defined campus zones at Case Western Reserve University, the new university center focuses on openness, transparency and interactivity in its student gathering spaces, dining facilities, and offices for student organizations. The building features three wings designed to facilitate the convergence of students from all three zones, ASSOCIATED FIRMCBLH ArchitectsCOST PER SQ FT$489.31CITATIONPost-Secondary CitationFEATURED IN2015 Architectural Portfolio serves as a connection point to tie the entire campus together.
The site is adjacent to a large open field that sits atop a two-story underground parking structure. The two sides adjacent to the field are cantilevered over the garage to avoid structural complications, and to maximize floor plate sizes.
The structure of the facility was designed as a folded plate of green roofs growing out of the site with glazed walls below that provide views to the outdoors. At the intersection of the three wings is a double-height gathering space uniting the two floors of the facility. A two-story, double-glazed wall encloses this space, opening views to the field and an art museum beyond, and eliminating excessive heat loads.