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CWRU Athletic Field
The relatively new athletic field at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) in Cleveland’s University Circle area serves as a focal point and central green space for the Village at 115. The football field and surrounding track effectively ‘step down’ the height and density of The Village’s student housing to meet the lower scale and density of the surrounding neighborhoods to the north and east.
Situated to the north of Euclid Avenue, and abutting East 115th Street, The Village consists of apartment-style residences for 740 students, arrayed among 7 different ‘houses’. Opened for the first time to only upper classmen in 2006, The Village is fully LEED-certified, with one house certified gold, and the remainder certified silver.
Designed by the respected Boston architectural firm of Goody Clancy, The Village was awarded the 2007 Honor Award for Excellence in Planning for a District or Campus Component, by the Society for College and University Planning. Key to that award were some of the Village’s most salient and striking features — an effective mix of uses, recapture of a formerly isolated stretch of campus, integration with the surrounding community, nurturing of increased student interaction, enhanced sustainable design, appealing residential ambience and aesthetic, and the creation of a true sense of place.
The Village’s residential houses are a finely crafted composition of traditional forms (gabled end walls, colonnades, incised entryways, projected bay windows, etc.) articulated in a variety of traditional and contemporary ways. Their material palette includes warm brick, pale stone, shingled roofs and a variety of crisply defined window types and styles.
The Village at 115 has aided CWRU’s mission in a number of ways. The proximity and prominence of the athletic field have boosted both school spirit and game attendance (in addition to attracting more neighboring residents to take an interest in University events). The complex’s continuing energy savings and other sustainable features have contributed to the overall self-sufficiency of the University.