The Plain Dealer: CLEVELAND, Ohio – The Cleveland Clinic and Case Western Reserve University formally broke ground Thursday on their joint $515 million Health Education Campus, designed by world-famous architect Lord Norman Foster of England.
The project, one of the biggest and costliest of the 21st century announced in Cleveland so far, is intended to burnish the city’s image as a center of medicine and medical education. It has the potential to spur development and draw new residents and activity to the Greater University Circle area that surrounds the city’s medical, educational and cultural hub four miles east of downtown.
The glassy, light-filled, four-story building designed by the firm of Foster + Partners will house the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine and Case Western Reserve University’s School of Medicine, School of Dental Medicine and Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing.
It will replace existing scattered facilities located mainly on the CWRU campus about a mile east of the new site.
The Clinic and CWRU used the groundbreaking, which drew more than 350 invited guests to a tent on the construction site on the north side of the Clinic’s main campus, to announce that fundraising for the project had reached $180 million.