Cleveland State University Engineering Building Update
The demolition of Cleveland State University’s Chester Building was finished early last week, with the main focus now being the removal of debris.
In Cleveland State’s 2014 Campus Master Plan, the Chester Building was identified as one of the main candidates for demolition in order to provide “expansion opportunities” for a new building. Last week saw the demolition of the Chester building, making way for a new addition to the Washkewicz College of Engineering building which will be constructed adjacent to the existing Fenn Hall. Donald Washkewicz, retired president and chief executive officer of the Parker Hannifin Corporation and his wife, Pamela have contributed significantly to the college for this project, which supplements the capital budget funding from the state of Ohio.
Gilbane Building Company, in charge of construction, will have cleared the site by the beginning of Fall Semester, with plans to erect the building’s steel frame by mid to late November. The engineering building was designed in collaboration with many of its future users, with 100,000 square feet of space dedicated to classrooms, teaching labs, computer simulation labs, and a new makerspace. The makerspace is being funded by Dan T. Moore to create a hands-on fabrication lab for students, which is not currently available on campus. The building will officially open to CSU students Spring Semester of 2018.