The renovation and expansion project at Lake Campus won top design honors in an American Institute of Architects (AIA) competition. The $9 million project, which included $5.5 million in construction costs, received an Honor Award in the AIA Cleveland Chapter competition "for achievement of excellence in architectural design" in the renovation category. The award was presented to Richard Fleischman + Partners Architects, Inc., of Cleveland, the firm that designed the project. Aaron Hill of the Fleischman firm, project manager for the Lake Campus work, said 72 entries by Cleveland area architects of projects throughout the world were entered in the competition. There were six design winners, and the Lake Campus project was judged the best of the six. Hill said the project will now be submitted for consideration with work from architects throughout Ohio in a statewide competition. The Lake Campus project involved expansion and renovation of 57,000 square feet in a facility that had not experienced any physical changes since 1979. Almost the entire building was renovated, including classrooms, laboratories, and offices. A 16,000-square-foot, two-story addition houses new science laboratories and the James F. Dicke Hall, a multipurpose center named in honor of the project's lead donor. The façade of Dicke Hall faces Grand Lake St. Marys and incorporates a 24-foot-high wall of sloped glass to capitalize on the lake view. Other features include a new canopy and walls to create a more prominent entrance to the existing building, and use of large windows in each classroom to provide more natural light. Large colorful coves were created at the entrance to each classroom to break up the long corridors. A balcony was developed for Dicke Hall to create a collegial space for student and faculty interaction. "It's an exciting time at our campus," said Jim Sayer, dean of Lake Campus. "The changes to our facility revitalized our learning space, and the financial support from our community to make this upgrade possible illustrates how committed our neighbors are to the Lake Campus." Vicky Davidson, associate vice president for facilities planning and development, said, "I believe the architect translated the vision of the Lake Campus community into reality. We are very pleased that the Lake Campus received this recognition." View photos of the Lake Campus renovation.
New construction includes an activity center and two science teaching labs. Dwyer and Andrew Hall have been rehabbed as part of the second phase. Construction started in late 2007 and the two phase project was completed in time for fall quarter of 2009.
The Lake Campus began a $9 million renovation and construction project in July 2008, which includes:
- A new location for Student Services, improving access to the campus admission offices and personnel. Located here at the center of campus are: Academic Advisors, Admissions, Career Services, Bursar, Financial Aid, Public Relations, Registrar and Veteransâ€™ Affairs. This area opened in March, and the new main entrance is now accessible.
- The new CAPT Science Wing, featuring state-of-the-art labs and classrooms, set to open in September 2009.
- And the new James F. Dicke Hall, a multipurpose facility with recreation, meeting, and study space along with amenities for theatre and banquet-style activities, set to open in September 2009.
Because of the project, some offices have been temporarily relocated and some areas are no longer accessible. Please refer to the information below for access and entry points. If you have any questions, call the Lake Campus at 419-586-0300.
Photographs by Ken Schory