Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH
Community atmosphere for upperclassmen
Goody Clancy was selected after a national search to design the initial 740-bed phase of a 2,300-bed program of apartment units for juniors and seniors. Going beyond our original charge, we helped the university evolve its recently completed master plan for this area and unlock opportunities far beyond what had been envisioned for this part of the campus.
The new mixed-use model of student life energizes and reconnects this isolated area to the larger campus and to the surrounding city, providing a setting for a thriving student community. Applications for admission jumped nearly 40 percent the year the project was completed, due to excitement generated by this transformation in student life.
By breaking the 740-bed program into seven individual houses and incorporating the parking garage and playing fields into the design, we provided the university with a new stadium-like space—previously missing from the campus—while creating a small-scale, village-like atmosphere for the new housing.
- This village of seven “houses” integrates social, academic, and recreational space into each residential building, serving juniors and seniors in apartments for 4-9 students.
- Each house has its own character yet works with its neighbors to form a unified whole. The architectural language is a contemporary interpretation of traditional collegiate Gothic architecture.
- The design includes a new running track, playing fields, a varsity athletic field house, and a 1,200-car parking garage.
- Residential courtyards overlook the track and field.