October 01, 2007

Alumni Leadership Central to Opening of Alumni House

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The place where you belong has been the informal tagline of the proposed new Alumni House for all graduates of Case Western Reserve University and its predecessor schools.

On October 4 alumni will have the first of many opportunities to visit the house at 11310 Juniper Drive—where they will seek to reconnect with classmates, convene a committee meeting, join friends and former professors for lunch or catch up on e-mail and business-related correspondence—as the Alumni House will have its formal grand opening celebration at 5 p.m.

The dedication ceremony will be a highlight of Alumni Weekend and Homecoming 2007 festivities, this year set for October 4-7. Alumni and guests can tour the house; other informal social events will take place at the house throughout the weekend.

The house, built in 1911 and purchased by the university in 1953, has experienced a $2.5 million renovation and upgrade. Spearheading this effort is architect and Adelbert College alumnus Richard Bowen (ADL '59) of Richard L. Bowen and Associates, Inc.

Bowen, president and owner, established his firm in 1959 with offices in Cleveland and Naples, Florida. He is registered in the 48 contiguous states, Hawaii, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Canada, Great Britain and Australia. Bowen and Associates offers core services of architecture, engineering and construction management.

In keeping with a global appeal to reduce one's carbon print, Bowen and Associates is considered a green company, following a credo that sustainable design can result in significant cost savings by reducing operating costs through energy efficiency and long-term occupant satisfaction. The goal is to optimize the use of resources over the life cycle of a building.

Several members of the staff are LEED certified (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) in green construction techniques. Green construction goes far beyond the basic issues of energy conservation by creating buildings that are light, airy, people-friendly, conserve water, utilize recycled materials, reduce environmental pollution and help protect global ecosystems.

The Alumni House, though not a new construction, received a substantial upgrade. The renovation involved installation of an elevator, and all new energy efficient heating, air conditioning and electrical systems. A central goal was to preserve the nuances of the house common to the year when it was built. Colors, light fixtures and furniture reflect the style of the time, but with the benefits of modern technology.

The house will have many of the rooms one would find in today's larger homes: a parlor, library, living room, pantry, kitchen, lobby, coatroom and patio. The second floor will feature a business center complete with telephones, a fax machine, computers and wireless connectivity, and a conference room with a balcony.

Alumni Relations staff members will occupy offices on the third floor plus an alumni lounge with a shower will be located there.

In addition to the Alumni House, Bowen has done renovation, architecture, design and construction-related work for other educational facilities in Northeast Ohio including John Hay High School, Cuyahoga Community College Western Campus in Parma and William H. Kirk Middle School in East Cleveland.

School of Law alumnus Daniel T. Clancy (LAW '62), executive director for alumni relations, has been spearheading the ongoing campaign for Alumni House. A longtime proponent of the concept, Clancy has been generating support-financial and otherwise-to move the project forward. Serving as alumni consultants on the fund raising aspect of the project has been John Massie (CIT '66), a member of the Alumni Association of Case Western Reserve University; Ted Castele (ADL '51, MED '57), former board of trustee member; and Jeffrey John Baldassari (LAW '88). Other project partners along with Bowen are Margaret Carney, university architect; William Tarka, university construction manager; and Marous Brothers Construction.

The Alumni House renovation is first of a two-phase project. To date, the Campaign for the Alumni House has received more than $5.6 million in cash and pledges from alumni and friends. An estimated $10 million will cover the cost of the entire project. Plans for phase two include an addition to be built to the house for an alumni hall and a great room to accommodate large-scale functions such as receptions and sit-down dinners.

Clancy said he and all those working on the project are committed to making it a topnotch facility; truly, a place one would be proud to call home.

Read more and consider contributing: http://www.case.edu/development/prior/alumni.html

Posted by: Paula Baughn, October 1, 2007 10:56 AM | News Topics: Alumni, HeadlinesMain, Support Case

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