New residence hall approved for construction, expected to open in fall 2015

peopleCase Western Reserve undergraduates are set to get a new housing option starting in the fall of 2015 now that university and municipal officials have approved construction of a 290-bed residence hall.

The five-story, $40 million building will be located on East 115th Street across from Nobby’s Ballpark on land previously used for track-and-field throwing events. Designed in an “S” shape to provide outdoor gathering places, the building will feature a multipurpose room, lounge and active-learning spaces. Its layout includes 16 double-occupancy townhouses as well as double, triple and quadruple suites.

rendering-courtyardThe new hall is needed to meet growing undergraduate enrollments, and is designed to provide additional rooming alternatives for those who live on campus.

“This project will support the growing student body with a new learning and living environment,” said Steve Campbell, vice president of campus planning and facilities management. “Our goal is to enhance the student experience with both amenities and a diversity of choices in terms of the style and size of suites.”

Earlier this month, the city’s Euclid Corridor Design Review and City Planning Commission approved plans for the 122,643-square-foot building; the university’s Board of Trustees approved the concept last month. The building’s cost will be recouped through housing fees.

exteriorIn accordance with the university’s Climate Action Plan, the building will be designed to meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Silver Certification. Eco-friendly features include green roof areas, native plants and stormwater retention basins. The design architect is Chicago-based SCB, while the local architect is Van Auken Akins Architects LLC. Behnke Landscape Architecture will handle exterior landscaping and Marous Brothers Construction will be involved in construction.

This marks the first housing expansion project for the university since it opened the Village at 115 in 2005.

“On-campus housing options for upperclass students are important,” said Janice Gerda, director of residence life. “Sure, there are time and convenience considerations, but it’s also important for students to remain connected to friends and the fabric of the university community throughout the undergraduate experience.”

Keep an eye on The Daily for more project details as they arise.