University Circle Master Plan

Case Western Reserve University | Interfaith Plaza | Glidden House

Cleveland, Ohio

services provided:

    • Architecture
    • Landscape Architecture
    • Master Planning
    • Conceptual Design

Formed by the edges of the Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) campus, the University Hospital (UH) medical campus, the Little Italy neighborhood and the historic Hessler residential block, this portion of University Circle was characterized by non-descript, mixed-use buildings, interspersed with surface parking lots. The existing businesses provided little in meeting the needs of the populations in the area. For the pedestrian, it was a “no man’s land,” where voids in the streetscape created by surface parking prevented any possibility of walking connectivity.

KA provided master planning and conceptual design services for CWRU, University Circle Inc., Cleveland Hillel, the Church of the Covenant and the ownership of the Glidden House. A planning framework ameliorated the negative conditions of this portion of the Euclid Avenue corridor. KA worked with the various stakeholders through workshops, walking tours and group charrettes to gain a rich understanding of the needs, desires, and vision for the area. Based on this and market analysis, KA developed a vibrant master plan, adding new and meaningful cross-related uses. The plan reinforced the existing urban fabric, created defined pedestrian routes and developed gateways to the communities surrounding the area.

  • Development of retail mixed-use venues contained structured concealed parking. Concealed parking filled in the voids of surface lots. It also avoided on-street parking conflicts while satisfying the demand for increased parking.
  • Creation of defined pedestrian paths, reinforced by landscaping and building shape and position. One such path is Bellflower Court. KA’s design converts a dismal service alley into a people-oriented space. Pedestrian circulation and landscaped plazas create patios for adjacent restaurants, communal gathering areas adjacent to classroom buildings and sculpture gardens. Bellflower Court currently serves as a major pedestrian way connecting the CWRU north residential campus to the front door of the new student center.
  • Design of student-relevant residential and retail venues linking CWRU’s campus with the Cleveland Institute of Art and the new Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA).
  • An addition to the historic Glidden House provided lodging for visitors and guests of CWRU, created additional green space and tied in directly to Bellflower Court.
  • Development of Interfaith Plaza as a connector building, supporting the pedestrian path between Euclid Avenue, the Arts District, the UH medical campus and CWRU. The existing parking area was converted into a green commons area by replacing surface parking with structured below grade parking.

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