Construction of Tinkham Veale University Center at CWRU to begin next spring; designed by Ralph Johnson, MArch ’73

Case Western Reserve University has long been something of a Tin Man among American universities—a place in search of a heart.
Born out of the union of Western Reserve University and the Case Institute of Technology in 1967, CWRU has grown over the decades without a strong campus center to unify its two halves.
That’s about to change. The university plans to break ground next spring on the $50 million Tinkham Veale University Center, a centrally located building intended to give CWRU a 24/7 student hangout, a home for student organizations, a jumping-off point for campus tours and a big community gathering space.
The design for the 82,000-square-foot building, released to The Plain Dealer by the university, has a decidedly 21st-century look, with thrusting, wedge-like shapes and sloping green roofs rising two stories out of the ground.
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The Plain Dealer, Oct. 11, 2011