Engineered for success.
A 90-year-old car dealership gets an academic update.
From engines to engineering.
Cleveland State University’s highly regarded School of Engineering struggled to meet the demands of a 21st-century engineering education in a cramped, aging facility. A former automobile dealership, the ninety-year-old structure required significant renovations—and posed multiple challenges. The tight, urban site constricted available workspace, while the at-capacity building offered little flexibility to accommodate renovations without disrupting operations.
Cleveland State turned to HED and project partner CBLH to create a comprehensive master plan to transform the School of Engineering. Key project goals included designing new classrooms, labs and group learning areas; increasing the building footprint; and modernizing existing spaces.
As Design Architect, HED contributed design, planning, programming and MEP engineering services, reconfiguring and expanding the existing facility. The completed master plan featured a new 32,000 square foot addition as well as 200,000 square feet of planned renovations, including 7,000 square feet specifically designed to support web-based learning.
Following its extensive renovation and expansion, the new, LEED Silver-certified structure epitomizes world-class academic design. Flexible, functional and state-of-the-art, the facility advances the School of Engineering’s mission to “support an engaged engineering education, graduating ready-to-go engineers who are prepared to solve real-world challenges.