Date: Saturday September 20, 2014 at 10:00 AM
Subject: Downtown Kent Redevelopment Tour
Speaker: Douglas Fuller of David Sommers Associates, Kent, OH
Place: Meet at 138 East Main Street in downtown Kent, on the second floor, Helen Dix Conference Room
We will meet and get a general overview and then take a walking tour. Douglas has been involved in the new design guidelines for development and in new and renovation work.
The Historic Downtown Kent Revitalization, taken as a whole, is a collaboration that truly represents a "partnering and leveraging of resources to complete a project with a positive, lasting impact in the community." With $106 million (and growing) in public and private investment, the project has transformed the downtown into a pedestrian friendly, dynamic, economically viable city center.
On the public side, the City of Kent, in addition to creating the vision for a revitalized downtown, was crucial in the process of land acquisition, developer identification, project design concepts and overall project oversight.
Kent State University, under the leadership of President Lester Lefton, was the driver of the idea of creating a more complete college town. They worked alongside the city to promote the Kent State Hotel and Conference Center (owned by the Kent State Foundation), an anchor project for the downtown development. They also extended the University Esplanade, a physical connector, joining the campus to the downtown.
Please RSVP with your reservation to Sarah Klann at (216) 226-2820 by Wednesday, September 17.
Date: Sunday Oct. 12, 2014 at 2:00 PM
Subject: Tinkham Veale University Center
Speaker: Randall Barnes, General Manager
Place: 11038 Bellflower Rd, near the corner with East Blvd.
Parking: Severance underground lot, CIA lot, CMA garage, nearby streets.
The Tinkham Veale University Center situated at 11038 Bellflower Rd is the newest building on the CWRU campus, designed by architects Perkins & Will (known for 'landscraper' designs), the 100% donor-funded University Center is designed to foster interaction and community for CWRU students, faculty, staff and the larger University Circle audience. Built with 2 public levels, the 83,000 square foot facility accommodates student spaces, an amphitheatre, CWRU department offices, a food court (featuring MELT University), a high-end restaurant and a 7,500 square foot ballroom. One of two primary entrances features a media wall, with an interactive digital art display designed by a CWRU graduate. The lower section of the media wall is touch interactive to learn more about the campus, the university, events and the larger University Circle community. The facility is LEED certified silver, and features an air curtain, which captures the sun's heat and releases it before it heats the interior space. The internal temperature is managed through radiant floor heating and cooling as well as chill beam technology. The green roof and automated window shade system also assists in managing the building's heating and cooling expense. Designed to maximize natural light, the building's walls are made of glass, giving the facility a glowing effect at night, and creating spectacular views of the surrounding area during the day. The building is named after Case Institute of Technology graduate, Tinkham Veale II.
Please RSVP with your reservation to Sarah Klann at (216) 226-2820 by Thursday, October 9.
Date: Tuesday, November 11 at 7:00 PM
Subject: Discussion of the Book, "Cleveland goes Modern" by its Authors
Speakers: An evening with cultural historian Nina Freedlander Gibans & James D. Gibans, FAIA,
along with architect Jack Bialosky Sr.
Place: Shaker Heights Public Library, 16400 Van Aken Boulevard, Shaker Heights, OH 44120.
Authors of the recently published, Cleveland Goes Modern, Design for the Home, 1930-1970, the Gibanses' book is an outgrowth of a 2007 exhibit of the same name. The exhibit featured architectural drawings and photographs of modern homes in Northeast Ohio designed by Cleveland area architects. The book, along with discussion gleaned from oral interviews, features the work of these early and later modern architects that include Ernest Payer, Robert Little, Robert Madison and Richard Fleischman.
Mr. Bialosky, also one of the architects included in the book, helped pave the way for other architects through his projects for modern residential architecture in Shaker Heights. His 2009 AIA award winning firm, Bialosky & Partners is known nationally for its residential, commercial, industrial and recreational projects.
Books will be available for purchase and signing.
Please RSVP with your reservation to Sarah Klann at (216) 226-2820 by Thursday, November 6.
Look for a postcard announcement of a special member's only program soon!