The Tinkham Veale University Center is the newest addition to the campus of Case Western Reserve University. Opened in August 2014, the 82,000-square-foot facility is distinguishable on two levels — physically for iconic architecture and philosophically for campus unification.
Physically, three wings hug the ground, creating what architect Perkins + Will dubbed a landscraper (not a skyscraper). The panoramic glass façade and sloping green roof makes "The Tink" feel like a bridge, not a barrier, between the east and west sides of campus.
Philosophically, the Tink pulses with people and ideas from around the university. Designed to foster a culture of inclusion, it draws student, faculty, staff and the community to what they need in its variety of office spaces and common areas.
The Tink is the new heart of campus. It's the first time CWRU has had a large-scale, purpose-built hub; one that captures the spirit of its branding anthem – "think beyond the possible."
About Our Name
Tinkham Veale II, from whom the building gets its name, was a 1937 graduate of the Case Institute of Technology. He valued the education he received and lifelong friendships he forged on campus. He considered a university center to be an ideal space to draw together people and ideas. Called ‘Tink’ by his friends and family, the Tinkham Veale University Center has adopted his nickname as well, and is commonly referred to as ''The Tink."
Veale, who achieved extraordinary business success, had an even greater philanthropic impact. In addition to the $20 million he donated to build The Tink, his financial commitment made possible the university's Veale Convocation, Recreation and Athletic Center.