Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Bishop Anthony M. Pilla Student Learning Center

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Institution Name: Ursuline College
Original/Historic Place Name: Bishop Anthony M. Pilla Student Learning Center
Location on Campus:
Date(s) of Construction:
2000-2001original construction Bialosky, Jack Jr.
Designer: Jack Bialosky, Jr.
Type of Place: Individual building
Style: Contemporary (Glossary)
Significance: architecture, education, history
Narrative: see below
References: see below
Foundation: pre-cast
Walls: "ursuline blend" brick and polychrome brick tapestry at entry points; precast stone trim
Roof: gable end wall and roof pitch match other buildings
ca. 2001-present (2006)other (Ursuline College Accelerated Program, UCAP, an accelerated degree completion program for working adults)
ca. 2001-present (2006)other (café, high tech computer lab facilities, nursing laboratories, and bookstore)
ca. 2001-present (2006)classrooms (tiered classroom and traditional classrooms)
ca. 2001-present (2006)faculty offices

The Student Center is the first building in the Cleveland Diocese to be named after the current bishop, Anthony M. Pilla. A two-story brick building designed by Jack Bialosky, it is unique because it does not have a back; instead, its four "fronts" face the lake, the quad, the internal campus road, and the dormitories. An abstract stained glass window designed by the chair of the art department, Sister Diane Therese Pinchot, O.S.U., overlooks the Piazza Libera (atrium) where students gather.

The building of Pilla Student Center initiated a visual and geographic shift on the campus. The relocation of many student events from Mullen to Pilla encourages broader student interaction. This goal was of particular importance to the college community because the population now includes not only traditional students who reside on campus but also full- and part-time commuters, non-traditional undergraduates, and graduate students.

Bialosky received an award for Outstanding Building-Post-Secondary from the 2002 Architectural Portfolio/A & U Magazine design competition.


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