By Veronica Maciag

Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) has recently announced the details of its new project on the Case Quad. In place of the building formerly known as Yost Hall, CWRU is constructing the Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Building (ISEB). Here’s everything you need to know about it.

What is Yost Hall?

Historically, Yost Hall functioned as a primary dormitory for the Case Institute for Technology—one of two universities that had later merged to form what is now Case Western Reserve University. Later, with the formation of CWRU, the building’s purpose shifted to house the university’s Department of Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, and Statistics. Yost Hall has now run its course with this purpose as well.

What will the ISEB be Used for?

CWRU’s President Eric W. Kaler has expressed his aspirations for this building to align directly with Case’s mission for fostering research and community engagement. The ISEB is meant to combine these two focuses in prioritizing several issues that are urgent to the globe, such being climate change, health disparities, and artificial intelligence applications and developments. Here, the building will promote intersectionality between students of all fields to explore such issues. CWRU is crafting the ideal place for its newly introduced major—experimental humanities—to thrive.

When Will it be Finished?

Now, the ISEB’s completion will take place by the end of the year 2026, which is in time for the bicentennial celebration of CWRU’s founding. Ultimately, the ISEB is the largest project on the Case Quad yet. Costing around $300 million dollars, this 200,000-square-foot building represents a new and eagerly anticipated development by the entire CWRU body.

Source: The Daily