Case Western Reserve University - Health Education Campus: Samson Pavilion

Cleveland, OH

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  • Owner/Developer

    Cleveland Clinic, Case Western Reserve University

  • Architect


  • Engineer

    DLR/Westlake Reed Leskosky

  • Completion


  • Building Type

    Education / Healthcare

  • LEED Rating

    Seeking Silver certification

  • Program

    4 stories (70ft), 485,000 sqft

  • Fa├žade Area

    355,000 sq ft of facade, including: stone on truss, window wall, sag-rod winter-garden system, storefront, stainless steel canopy and soffit

  • Glass

    1” (nominal) insulated glass units





The Samson Pavilion at Case Western Reserve University Health Education Campus is the newest addition to the main campus of the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio. The new health campus will be a leading destination for medical education with a combined 485,000 square feet of lecture halls, teaching labs, virtual anatomy spaces, a medical library, student amenities, administrative and support spaces to promote collaborative learning. Designed by world-renowned London architecture firm Foster + Partners, the building will blend educational spaces for four institutions: The Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University’s School of Medicine, School of Dental Medicine and Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing.

Enclos provided design-assist and construction services for the new facility’s enclosure, including glass ribbon windows set on steel spandrel truss structure, pre-glazed storefront curtainwall, a skylight system and a sag-rod glass wall at the north and south elevations’ winter gardens. The main enclosure wall type includes 30-foot steel spandrel trusses clad in aluminum and Stoneglass panels. The central court of the facility is covered by a skylight system comprised of 360 large trapezoidal glass panels that span a total of 27,500 square feet and vary in size. The prominent canopy at the building’s roof consists of large stainless steel curved panels that measure five feet by ten feet to create the dramatic cantilever. Together, these wall systems envelop the 4-story rectangular building and give it its sleek exterior character.

The Health Education Campus building sits on an 11-acre site that will allow for future expansion and development. When completed, the building will seek Silver LEED certification.

Photos 1-5 courtesy of Scott Pease.
Photo 6 courtesy of Roger Mastroianni.