Beautifully aged as one of Ohio’s premier collections of midcentury modernism, Ursuline College introduces a new momentous campus entry. An addition influenced by the minimal yet finely textured campus fabric, the Parker Hannifin Center for the Creative and Healing Arts & Sciences (CCHA) naturally blends into the highly regarded, 62-acre campus master plan implemented by renowned architect Piet van Dijk, FAIA in 1966. The three-story glass connector and classroom building maintains purity of form and thoughtfully crafted details, playing off the contemporary warmth and playfulness of van Dijk’s original architectural gems. The new CCHA successfully connects the Nursing and Art Therapy programs with the adjacent Science building, making a physical and poetic bridge between art and science, sparking new cross-pollinations in these studies.
Inspired by the building’s program, whose emphasis is on healing, the new CCHA building raises standards for healthy, comfortable environments. A key design tenant was to maintain a clean material palette of brick, concrete, wood and glass, using only that which is necessary. The sculpted nature of the building’s fenestration captures an abundance of daylight and amplifies picturesque views, all while balancing thermal efficiency and solar heat gain. The building is thermally comfortable and the air incredibly fresh year-round due to the high-performing building shell, which minimizes thermal bridging, as well as a highly efficient ventilation system. In essence, the envelope responds to the wellbeing of both the user, and the earth/environment.
With a simple yet powerful presence, the CCHA embodies the essence of building more with less. As a true beacon, the building is positioned to successfully define the quality and character of Ursuline’s future architecture.