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Case building is home to management school

CLEVELAND (AP) - The Case Western Reserve University building where a shooting happened Friday is an architecturally distinctive building that is home to the university's business school, the Weatherhead School of Management.

The $62 million Peter B. Lewis Building opened in the fall and was designed by Frank Gehry, the internationally renowned architect who also created the titanium-covered Guggenheim museum in Bilbao, Spain.

Lewis, an art collector and the billionaire chairman of Progressive Insurance, gave Case $37 million toward construction.

The building (pictured, above) opened in fall.

Instead of walls on the south side of the five-story building, it has a curving roof made of 20,000 stainless-steel shingles that seemingly tumbles to the ground.

The design has created weather-related problems. In the winter, snow and ice slide off the roof, bombarding the sidewalk below. In bright sun, the glint off the steel tiles is so powerful that standing next to the building is like lying on a beach with a tanning mirror.

Case Western is at University Circle, a park-like setting of cultural, medical and educational institutions on the eastern edge of downtown. The school has 9,500 students, 1,600 in the business school.

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