One Chagrin Highlands, Cleveland, Ohio
Upon its opening in 1999, One Chagrin Highlands became the initial structure erected within the large eastern suburb corporate park of Chagrin Highlands.
Chagrin Highlands encompasses 630 acres clustered about the Harvard Road interchange with Interstate 271 (Cleveland’s eastern ‘outerbelt’). The corporate community actually straddles across parts of four neighboring communities. Its master plan envisions a total of as many as six different districts. To date, the majority of its development has bordered Interstate 271.
This corporate campus is a product of local developer The Richard E. Jacobs Group, working in concert with Scott Properties LLC (a descendant of original partner Figgie International). Work on Chagrin Highlands began in the late 1980s, with agreement on a basic master plan between Figgie International and the City of Cleveland, which owned some of the land to be developed. In the mid-1990s, The Jacobs Group (later The Richard E. Jacobs Group) signed on as managing partner, and development accelerated.
Designed by the respected New York architectural firm of Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF), One Chagrin Highlands established an elevated cutting-edge contemporary standard for Class-A office space in Cleveland. Its four floors enclose a total of just under 140,000 gross square feet of floor area within a skin of modulated glass, metal and stone. The building’s crisp orthogonal exterior geometry and cool colors give way to fluid forms of warm woods on its interior. The building offers great views of, and from, Interstate 271, and is ringed by a carefully orchestrated landscape of rolling lawns and lush plantings.
Currently under construction at Chagrin Highlands is the Ahuja Medical Center of University Hospitals. The Center’s 53 acres will contain a world-class 200-bed hospital (expandable to 600 beds) and medical office complex. Other facilities already operational at Chagrin Highlands include its two multi-tenant office buildings, a second University Hospitals medical office building, several hotels (including a sizable Marriott with convention facilities), assorted restaurants and a retail center. Embraced by the corporate park is the eastern campus of Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C). Development continues on a new headquarters for Eaton Corporation on a 53-acre portion of the park.