Cleveland State University's College of Education and Human Services added a new building that provides multiple classrooms, labs, instructional design studio, counseling space, reading and literary clinic facilities and offices for over 100 faculty and staff in Julka Hall, home of the COEHS. The three-story building incorporates the latest designs for learning environments and brings a modern, vibrant look to the campus. The facility features a state of-the-art voice, data and video technology to model applications of technology in teaching, research and service. The project also includes landscaping and site development of adjacent properties.
The client chose Heery to issue program management services for the construction of the new building. The Heery team coordinated several programs to attain LEED certification by using the Construction Pollution Plan to limit soil erosion, installing a “green roof” over a portion of the lower level, using renewable bamboo veneer panels in the Atrium area, performing enhanced commissioning and tracking recyclable material. Goals were met for a minimum 20% of building materials to be recycled material, and a minimum 75% of site waste recycled.
The unusual angling of Julka Hall, as well as the unique materials employed challenged the Heery project team in addition to a tight job site with limited space for crews to excavate 10 feet deep, install the storm water retention system, lay the slab foundation and proceed with structural steel work. Installation of the glass fiber reinforced concrete rain screen system proved difficult. The product came from Europe, which created its own set of issues with regard to correspondence, coordination and scheduling. Meeting these complexities and challenges with a coordinated team approach, the project team was able to complete this signature project on schedule and on budget.
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