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Respect for a historic structure, but an eye for the future was key to the design of the Cleveland Art Institute addition.

Stantec was the design architect for an addition to the Cleveland Institute of Art’s historic McCullough Building.  The institute desired an iconic design as a counterpoint to the historic McCullough building, which began its life as an assembly plant for Model T Fords in 1913.  One of the major design challenges was to preserve the academic structure while providing for growth in enrollment.  Stantec worked within the restrictive confines of regulations for both Ohio Historic Tax Credits and Federal Lost Development Tax Credits to develop the design. Upon completion, the entire facility housed approximately 250,000 square feet of teaching studios, classrooms, galleries, auditorium space, and administrative/faculty offices.  The design also integrated the latest in lab and computer technology to support the institute’s creative edge.  Sustainable design strategies included light harvesting, a green roof, and a high efficiency exterior glazing system.  The building was designed to meet criteria for LEED Silver certification.  Stantec worked with MVRDV, a design firm out of the Netherlands, who was responsible for several graphic elements that form part of the exterior facade.

  • Firm: Stantec Architecture
  • Client: The Cleveland Institute of Art
  • Project Status: In Progress
  • Project Start: 2011
  • Size: 89,000 SF
  • LEED® Status: Registered – Targeting Silver