CWRU Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences11235 Bellflower Rd.
Cleveland, OH 44106
Design Achievement – Case Western Reserve University is ranked as one of the nation’s highest ranked schools for social work. The University was interested in renovating its Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences to accommodate growing academic programs and to support a new, flexible and collaborative instructional style. DLR Group|Westlake Reed Leskosky’s design updates a dark, compartmentalized 1980s-era building with a transparent and collaborative environment for intellectual exchange between students, faculty, and visitors. The building’s fundamental circulation system was transformed to provide opening pathways and a dynamic interaction of space. Leveraging the School’s own practice of creating Ability-Based Learning Environments, the renovated facility creates a number of flexible spaces for students and researchers to work as individuals and in small groups. An expanded glass curtainwall brings natural light deep into the building, while a light-colored palette and modern furnishings mark the program with sophisticated professionalism.
Scope Summary – This project encompasses a 3,720 SF atrium-style lobby addition and renovation of 32,440 SF of existing space. The first floor renovation includes relocation of the library, two new seminar rooms, and two flexible classroom learning spaces. The second and third floor renovates create flexible, collaborative work space for researchers and research centers. The project was designed to exceed LEED Silver certification. DLR Group|WRL provided architecture, interior design, MEP and structural engineering design, and IT services.
DLR Group acquired Westlake Reed Leskosky in September 2016. Today, the combined design expertise and resources of Westlake Reed Leskosky and DLR Group serve clients as a global, integrated design firm committed to elevating the human experience through design.