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School of Engineering, Cleveland State University
Cleveland, OH
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.
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Results
The Master Plan was developed to accommodate changing needs increase space in an at-capacity structure and make existing spaces more conducive to engineering and classroom functions.
The master plan included 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.
The redesigned interior features flexible classrooms, shared learning spaces and discipline-specific laboratories.
Easily adaptable, the new classrooms can be "flipped" to accommodate both group lectures and individual work.
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

  • Shaun Rihacek
    LEED AP
    Associate
    Architecture + Design

  • John Clay
    PE, LEED AP
    Associate
    Mechanical Engineering

A 90-year-old car dealership gets an academic update.
School of Engineering, Cleveland State University
Cleveland, OH
PROJECT DATA
PROJECT TEAM
Engineered for success.