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If I have a question or concern about the project, how should I communicate that?

  1. CIA students and employees may access an online form from the right-hand column of this page when they login to myCIA at the top, right hand corner of the page
  2. During business hours, 8am – 4pm, call 216.421.8022
  3. You may speak to any faculty or staff member to ask for help in addressing your concern
Why is CIA building this new building?

CIA is unifying its now-divided campus because doing so will:
  1. Bring students of all disciplines together on one well-equipped campus
  2. Bring all academic functions together, thereby facilitating more opportunities for students of the fine arts and students of the applied arts to inspire and learn from one another
  3. Make it easier for all students to access all student services and facilities such as the library, the digital output center, the woodshop, financial aid, information technology, the business office, the tutoring center, the career center, etc.
  4. Centralize certain functions that are now duplicated, thereby improving operating efficiency
  5. Help CIA remain in the forefront of colleges of art and design and attract a greater number of students so we can build enrollment to 625-650 students, as projected in CIA’s financial planning
  6. Create attractive, compelling spaces for Cinematheque, gallery exhibitions, Continuing Education classes, and public lectures by visiting artists
  7. Make CIA part of the revitalization of what was a crumbling urban neighborhood. Together with MOCA, Case Western Reserve University, and private developers, CIA is helping to transform the neighborhood into an arts-focused center of urban vitality 
Why aren’t we building on the Gund Building site instead of the McCullough site?

  1. In 2005 and 2006, grants from the Cleveland Foundation and the George Gund Foundation paid for extensive, professional feasibility studies that looked carefully at both options. Those studies determined that it would be much more expensive to build a new building adjoined to the Gund Building than to build on the McCullough site
  2. The Gund building has not aged well. The windows are single-pane, drafty and leaky; the air conditioning system is unreliable, inconsistent, and doesn’t cool the entire building and the building could not be retrofitted for air conditioning throughout; the heating system is also inefficient (wastes energy) and is outdated 
  3. Constructing a new building on what is now the Gund parking lot would have required building underground parking, which is prohibitively expensive
  4. The McCullough Building was constructed in 1915 as a Ford Model T assembly plant. It was one of the first Ford factories built outside of Detroit and it was designed by an innovative and famous industrial architect, Albert Kahn. For those reasons, the McCullough building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1976. Because the building is on the National Register, CIA qualified for federal and state historic tax credits for preserving it. This was another reason to renovate and build on to the McCullough site, rather than the Gund site
Is my tuition paying for this construction project?

No tuition dollars are being used for the construction project. This project is being funded with charitable donations from foundations, corporations and individuals who care about CIA and want to see it thrive for another 130 years. In addition, CIA is benefitting from government grants and federal and state tax credits.
Why are we starting construction now?

There are many details that needed to be finalized in order to move from the planning stages to the actual construction of this project. The key factors of financing and architectural planning are ready for an October start of construction.
Will my education be interrupted?

Classes, studio time, exhibitions, and all other academic, student-service, and community-focused activities will continue. 
  1. Much thought and planning has gone and is going into minimizing disruption to students
  2. Time is money with constructions projects, however, meaning all delays make the project cost more. Delays must be minimized, even as we try to minimize disruptions. It will be a delicate balance 
I’m a junior or senior at CIA. What good is this project to me?

  1. While the new building will not be fully operational until after you graduate, it will unify our campus and help us attract top students from across the country and around the world. With CIA’s increased visibility and reputation as a top college of art and design, the value of the CIA “brand” on your resume will increase. This will enhance CIA’s name recognition among prospective employers, collectors and gallerists, thereby benefitting all students
  2. It is worth noting that you’re now benefitting from extensive improvements made to the McCullough building in 2009 and 2010 as Phase I of our campus unification project. While the work associated with Phase I caused inconvenience for students who graduated before that renovation was completed, we benefit from the fact that the JMC is now air conditioned throughout, we have energy efficient windows and roofing, a new screening room, new classrooms and offices. While you can’t pay back those former students for their patience through Phase I, you can “pay it forward” to the students who will come after you
When will the new building be complete and when is CIA moving out of the Gund Building?

The project is scheduled to start in October 2013 and should conclude in June 2015. We will have to vacate the current Gund building and move into the new building, but we don’t want to disrupt classes to do that, so the bulk of the moving out of Gund will take place in the summer of 2015 and we will start the fall 2015 semester on the unified campus.
What will the new building look like?
Click here to watch an animation provided by the architects of the new building.