Extreme Makeover: $9.2 Million Renovation Planned for Main School Building

The Mandel School plans a $9.2 million renovation and expansion of its main school building on the corner of Ford and Bellflower roads in the heart of Case Western Reserve’s campus. This renovation will enable essential upgrades to the 25-year-old building to provide students with collaborative, accommodating, and inspiring space to interact with one another and our faculty; to meet the needs of our significantly-expanded team-oriented research centers; and to offer a welcoming space for alumni and the community to gather at and interact with the school.

After selecting the Cleveland-based architecture firm of Westlake Reed Leskosky in 2013, the Mandel School has been working closely with the university, faculty and staff, and volunteer committee leaders to complete the project in phases. Phases 1 through 3 have been completed (schematic design, construction documentation, and technical specifications). Phases 4 and 5 (permit application, bidding, and construction administration) are underway. Upon final approval by the Case Western Reserve Board of Trustees, actual construction is expected to begin and last approximately 18 months.

Our Vision for the Building Renovation

  • Enhance our environment for learning, research, and social change.
  • Recruit and support talented, diverse, and compassionate students.
  • Remain competitive in a rapidly-changing academic landscape.
  • Attract and retain world-renowned faculty
  • Advance community partnerships.

The Facts and Figures of the Building Renovation

  • Architect: Westlake Reed Leskosky in Cleveland, Ohio
  • LEED Certification Target: Silver
  • Fundraising Goal: $9.2 million
  • Square Footage To Be Renovated: 32,440
  • Square Footage To Be Added: 3,700
  • Renovation Begins: As soon as generous donors make it possible

Please Support the Building Renovation Fund

Your support is essential to help us build the future of the Mandel School. From now through October, every donation to the Building Renovation Fund will have double the impact, because they will be matched dollar-for-dollar by the Build The Change Matching Gift Challenge issued by alumna Holley Fowler Martens, MSSA 2007, and her husband Rob Martens.


For more information or to donate, please contact:

Marianne Lax
Director of Charitable Giving
Nora Hennessy, MNO
Associate Dean of Institutional Advancement