The Tinkham Veale University Center is one of the most unique facilities recently added 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.
The CWRU community can enjoy the Tink any time they want.
The facility is open 24 hours a day, however between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m., a valid CWRU ID is necessarily to open the doors. Guests are encouraged to stop at the Info Desk if they have questions. Additionally, a security guard is positioned in the building at all times.
The facility was built with the environment in mind.
The Tinkham Veale University Center was awarded Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) Gold status from the U.S. Green Building Council. LEED status recognizes the university center's contribution to reducing environmental impact, minimizing greenhouse gas emissions, reintegrating ecological systems and limiting exposure to harmful substances. The Tink's construction and operation meet high standards. Features that qualify the building include a vegetative green roof, flat-panel solar collectors, radiant heating and a two-story double air curtain wall that reduces heating and cooling costs. Ultimately, the university will benefit from reduced operating costs.
The latest in new technology is at your fingertips.
Technology informs the culture of Case Western Reserve University. That's honored in a Media Wall just inside the Koch Entrance to the Tinkham Veale University Center. There, visitors find a two-story, multi-touch video wall that resembles an oversized gaming screen. And, in fact, the top two-thirds is just that, hosting a revolving series of six, gesture-based video games. The lower portion is a digital canvas where virtual colored blocks cross a black screen. Tap a floating block and it opens to an event notice, university information, or digitized classical art.