As part of its 2015 master plan, Case Western Reserve University envisioned opening up its campus to present a more welcoming and accessible experience for students and visitors. A key component of that plan has come to life in the form of the Case Quad, a recently completed and sustainable green space in the midst of the campus, inviting leisurely pedestrian traffic at any time of the day or night.
As contractor for the electrical infrastructure that supports the Case Quad project, the Harrington Electric team went to work on the project in June, 2022, developing the systems that would provide greater Wi-Fi capabilities, expanded security camera coverage, and enhanced lighting in the area.
The Quad renovation project features a state-of-the-art Hubbell wireless lighting control system that enables CWRU facility staff to automate, switch on or off, dim or manually control the many 14-foot-tall walkway and 30-foot-tall pole lights directly from a single access point.
“The primary goal of this project was to make the Quad space more pedestrian-friendly,” explained Harrington president, Tom Morgan. “We’ve helped enhance the security on the Quad with the addition of security cameras and aesthetically pleasing lighting that makes the space more accessible and provides improved safety in the nighttime hours.”
Along with these enhancements, the Case Quad project also included more sustainable green space and improved pedestrian walkways.
An interesting facet of the project involved the discovery of foundation walls and other underground finds from previous buildings that had long been demolished.
“It was interesting to see the foundations and relics from the old Case School of Applied Science buildings, which were built in the late 1800’s before the merger with Western Reserve University, which was founded in Hudson in 1826,” Morgan commented.
Indeed, some of that history can still be found and experienced in and around the Case Quad area, thanks to this important renovation.