Anthony M. Pilla Center is the first of a dozen projects Bialosky Cleveland has completed for the College. The building program of approximately 30,000 square feet addresses a number of design issues. The project is the “signature building” for the campus; references the spiritual and values-based orientation of the College; reflects the best elements of Ursuline’s current and past campuses; appeals to prospective students, faculty, and alumnae; and provides a cohesive sense of place.
Prior to beginning the design of the building Bialosky + Partners in collaboration with the College, and Cawrse & Associates developed a master plan for the entire campus. In that process, the site for the Student Learning Center was identified.
The building incorporates the latest technology to enrich the educational process in fourteen new classrooms including two “high tech” classrooms with distance learning and video conferencing capabilities; breakout rooms; a new nursing technology laboratory; food service; the campus bookstore, and the Ursuline College Accelerated Program.
Ursuline College emphasizes interactive and collaborative learning. The classrooms are designed to enhance that. The building was designed with flexibility in mind to allow for a variety of uses for each space, without sacrificing performance, and to adapt to evolutions in curriculum and teaching approaches well into the 21st century.