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School of Engineering, Cleveland State University
Cleveland, OH
Engineering on display.
Gateway for collaboration and research.
Integration with urban streetscape
The LEED Gold Washkewicz College of Engineering addition expanded the existing 90-year-old Fenn Hall to support new laboratory spaces for chemical/biomedical engineering, civil/environmental engineering, electrical/computer engineering, engineering technology and mechanical engineering, including simulation and computational labs, research labs, and a multi-story maker space. 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."

To place the college ideally on the restrictive urban site, the facility became a window into the program: collaboration, research, and innovation spaces are positioned along the primary facade, which is completely transparent to the urban street. Special attention was given to the integration of the project with the street scape, and the control of rainwater and runoff in ways that support healthy surrounding ecosystems.
Results
The original 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, including renovations to 200,000 square feet of the existing structure, plus a 32,000 square foot addition creates space to expand academic programs.
LEED Gold certified .
Strategic site utilization reduces stormwater runoff.
Reduced water consumption by 30% through high-efficiency fixtures.
Utilizes 70% renewably sourced electricity and energy-efficient mechanical systems.
The structural design conserved resources thus reducing emission of greenhouse gases by utilizing recycled steel for 25% of its frame.
Occupant health is guarded by using interior materials containing no- or low – VOC’s.
Project Data
Washkewicz College of Engineering 2014-10051-000
Cleveland State University
Cleveland, OH
PROJECT SCOPE
Addition
HED ROLE
Design Architect, Mechanical/ Plumbing Engineering, Electrical Engineering
RSF/GSF
100,000
CONSTRUCTION COST
$34.6 Million
SUSTAINABILITY LEVEL
LEED Gold

LEED Gold

2020

Project Team
  • Michael Cooper
    PE, LEED AP, MBA
    Managing Principal
    President
  • Barrett Newgeon
    PE, LEED AP, LC
    Associate
    Electrical Engineering
  • Kirk Pesta
    PE, LEED AP
    Principal
    Mechanical Engineering Leader
  • Kam Chow
    Electrical Design
  • Shaun Rihacek
    LEED AP
    Associate
    Design
  • Thomas Hoff
    Mechanical Design
  • Brandon Watts
    Mechanical Design
  • Maxine Foley-Hartman
    Mechanical Design
Gateway for collaboration and research.
School of Engineering, Cleveland State University
Cleveland, OH
PROJECT DATA
PROJECT TEAM

LEED Gold

2020

Engineering on display.