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School of Engineering, Cleveland State University
Cleveland, OH
School of Engineering, Cleveland State University
Engineered for success.
Adaptive reuse meets modern academic design.
A 90-year-old former dealership gets a 21st century upgrade.
The Cleveland State University School of Engineering’s mission is “to provide a world-class facility that supports an engaged engineering education, graduating ready-to-go engineers who are prepared to solve real-world challenges.” Following an extensive renovation and expansion of the school’s engineering building, CSU can now truly lay claim to a world-class facility that supports this mission.

Originally designed as an automobile dealership, the ninety-year-old structure presented multiple design challenges. The tight, urban site constricted available workspace, while the at-capacity building offered little flexibility to accommodate renovations without disrupting operations. Overcoming these challenges, the completed Master Plan delivers a new, LEED Silver-certified building that epitomizes modern academic design.

As design architect, planner/programmer and MEP engineer HED, in conjunction with CBLH Design, created the Master Plan for CSU’s College of Engineering. With planned renovations to 200,000 square feet of existing space as well as a 32,000 square foot addition, the reimagined structure accommodates the School’s evolving technologies and pedagogical approaches, increases space and upgrades existing spaces, making them more flexible and functional.
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Results
The Master Plan was developed to accommodate changing needs—including new technology and pedagogical approaches—increase space in an at-capacity structure and make existing spaces more conducive to engineering and classroom functions.
The design includes renovations to 200,000 square feet of the existing structure; a 32,000 square foot addition creates space to expand academic programs.
Approximately 7,000 square feet of space were specifically designed to support web-based learning—a key paradigm shift in 21st-century education.
Flexible classrooms are easily adaptable to new technologies and pedagogical approaches, and can be “flipped” to accommodate both group lectures and individual work.
The redesigned interior features new, easily adaptable classrooms, clustered and relocated faculty offices that enhance accessibility, collaborative teaching and cross-pollination, shared learning spaces and discipline-specific laboratories.
Project Data
Cleveland State University School of Engineering 2014-10051-000
CBLH Design
Cleveland, OH
PROJECT SCOPE
Addition
HED ROLE
Full Service A/E
RSF/GSF
100,000
CONSTRUCTION COST
$34.6 Million
SUSTAINABILITY LEVEL
LEED Gold
YEAR COMPLETED
2017
Project Team
  • Michael Cooper
    PE, LEED AP, MBA
    Managing Principal
    President
    PRINCIPAL
  • Barrett Newgeon
    PE, LEED AP, LC
    Associate
    Electrical Engineering

  • Kirk Pesta
    PE, LEED AP
    Principal
    Mechanical Engineering

  • Megan Crawford
    PE
    Structural Engineering

  • Kam Chow
    Electrical Engineering

  • Shaun Rihacek
    LEED AP
    Associate
    Architecture + Design

  • Thomas Hoff
    Mechanical Engineering

  • Carl Williams
    Mechanical Engineering

  • Brandon Watts
    Mechanical Engineering

  • John Clay
    PE, LEED AP
    Associate
    Mechanical Engineering

  • Alina Chelaidite
    Architecture + Design

  • Kenneth Hornfeld
    Mechanical Engineering

  • Maxine Foley-Hartman
    Mechanical Engineering

Adaptive reuse meets modern academic design.
School of Engineering, Cleveland State University
Cleveland, OH
PROJECT DATA
PROJECT TEAM
Engineered for success.
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