Photo by Dominick Ferlito

The Washkewicz College of Engineering building will include research labs and the Dan T. Moore MakerSpace where student ideas will be featured.

 

Dec. 11, 2017

New engineering building nearing completion

The new Washkewicz College of Engineering building will officially open its doors at the start of the spring semester.


Dec. 15 marks the dedication date. Washkewicz Hall will hold a party to commemorate the opening, according to University Architect Bruce Ferguson.
Ferguson explained that President Ronald M. Berkman, deans of certain Cleveland State colleges, as well as donors, like the Washkewicz family and employees of Parker Hannifin, will be attending the ribbon-cutting event.


Although the dedication ceremony happens this month, the new building opens for use at the start of the spring semester.


Ferguson said the building would be “ready to go” once professors return from the winter recess — about a week before students — to leave plenty of time to move in furniture and other assorted classroom needs.


As for the dedication ceremony, it will still be a nearly empty building.


The university paired with Gilbane Building Company to construct the $60 million building. The $60 million came from both public and private sources.
Ferguson, who has been a part of the project since the early beginnings in 2015, explained the construction process went well.


“I would say it went as well as most big capital projects can go,” Ferguson said.


Washkewicz Hall is located on the east side of Cleveland State University’s campus — off of East 24th Street and Chester Avenue.
The university posted designs of the project on the school’s website. Users can find renderings of the 100,000-square-foot, four-story facility and the plans for the rooms. Construction broke ground May 2016 and concludes Dec. 2017.



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