Exterior view of Yost Hall pre-renovation, captured by Matt Shiffler
Exterior view of Yost Hall pre-renovation, captured by Matt Shiffler

ISEB construction work to begin Nov. 1

Case Western Reserve University’s plans for its new Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Building (ISEB) will take a visible step forward next month as preparations for Yost Hall’s demolition begin.

Announced in June, the 189,000-square-foot ISEB is scheduled to open in the fall of 2026. But before construction can start, crews need to remove Yost Hall, a 72-year-old structure that initially served as student housing. 

More recently home to campus offices, Yost will see its last tenants depart before the end of the month. The university has notified those who park in Lot 1B—between Yost and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard—of the need to move, and identified other available spots in the vicinity of the Case Quad.

“We appreciate the patience and cooperation of those who have to leave Yost Hall, as well as the multiple university offices assisting with the relocations,” said Dean Tufts, vice president for campus planning and facilities management. “We will continue to update the community as this project progresses.”

Starting Wednesday, Nov. 1, Cleveland-based Turner Construction Co. will begin preparing the area for demolition. This process will involve installation of fencing and signage, as well as work within Yost. Tomlinson Hall—including its ground floor dining area—will remain fully accessible to students, faculty and staff entering from Case Quad.

Part of Turner’s work will require adjustments to pedestrian walking paths, including closing the sidewalk that runs along the quad from Tomlinson to Yost. Detours will be indicated with physical signage. The actual demolition of the building is expected to begin in March.

Campus Planning has engaged with staff in labs on the lower floors of Wickenden, part of the Case School of Engineering, to ensure that safe access to that building continues throughout the work in and around Yost.

Finally, some trees may need to be removed to allow adequate space for the new building. Case Western Reserve has committed to plant a new tree on campus for each tree removed as part of this project.

For additional information about this project, including answers to frequently asked questions, visit the ISEB page of the Campus Planning and Facilities management website.