Project File: Individual technology focus

April 1, 2003
Case Western Reserve University, Peter B. Lewis Building

Situated in Cleveland's University Circle, the Peter B. Lewis Building is the new home of the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University.

The undulating framework and protruding stainless-steel exterior houses faculty offices, classrooms and meeting areas that are distributed on every floor to encourage informal interaction. A tiered, oval classroom accommodating 60 students places the instructor and students in an interactive setting. It features whiteboards around the perimeter, improving student participation.

All 10 classrooms are acoustically designed to foster learning and ensure that every student can be seen and heard by the rest of the class. Students can communicate material from their laptop computers to the overhead projector.

A small suite of offices in a first-floor wing will provide incubator space for student-run enterprises. Every classroom seat in the building will have power and data connections to CWRUnet, the university's fiber-optic network, and the Internet.

Architect for the project is Gehry Partners LLP (Santa Monica, Calif.).

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