Case Western Reserve University


University Center Feasibility Analysis

Thwing Center had traditionally been Case Western Reserve University’s student center, but in 2002 the university decided the building needed improvements and wanted to know if the center was fulfilling the school’s objective of experiential learning. The university retained the services of B&D to complete a market analysis, a project concept refinement, and to develop a detailed financial analysis for improvements. Our work included focus groups and interviews with students, faculty, and staff, and a student survey. We applied the analysis and data toward the development of an architectural program and financial model. Through our study it was determined that the Thwing Center was not meeting the school’s needs or its objectives for experiential learning. We recommended the university develop a new campus center, and in 2003 it approved a plan to create a facility that would focus on “living-learning” programs and spaces as well as social outlets for students including social/recreational facilities; offices for student services; a performance theater; conference and meeting facilities; and dining options. Next, the university initiated a capital campaign for the new $50 million Tinkham Veale University Center and an operating endowment. The 89,000 SF facility opened in 2014.


CWRU has begun detailed planning for an exciting new, $50-million campus center