The Cleveland Foundation’s new home is a mass timber building design targeting LEED Gold. Located within Cleveland’s Hough/Midtown District, the site lies on an unimproved plot adjacent to the historic Dunham Tavern Museum. The Project Team, a collaboration between Vocon and S9 Architecture, designed a new headquarters building that is a new home for the Foundation and a tremendous resource to the surrounding community.
Anchoring the corner of Euclid Avenue and East 66th Street, the project was envisioned to be a significant office building of three stories, including private offices, workstations, conference spaces for both Client and community use, community public areas, building amenities, lower-level parking garage and a public café. The first-floor lobby encourages visitors to explore the grand gallery space intended to highlight various artists throughout the year. Adjacent is a state-of-the-art dance hall offering classes to beginners and showcasing professional dance groups.
The second floor connects to the third floor by a grand connecting staircase that also serves as an open breakout space for staff and future public events. A large café opens onto another internal gallery containing additional seating and booths for both dining and informal meetings.
A substantial amount of natural light flanks the open office space and opens to the lobby below. Various meeting spaces of different sizes are carefully sprinkled throughout, providing optimal choice for collaboration. Overall, the Cleveland Foundation’s new headquarters is a welcoming environment that provides an accessible community space for staff, donors, grantees and community members to come together.