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University Archives: Bingham Mechanical Engineering

Location: southern end of Case campus Description: Structural steel frame, shale brick with sandstone trim; front portion: 3 stories with basement, 146x55 feet; west wing: 2 stories, 119x50 feet; east wing: 1 story, 119x60 feet; powerhouse: 1 story, 65x70 feet; repair shop: 1 story, 21x35 feet; containing classrooms, labs, offices, shop, power plant

This property continued in use after 1949. Post-1949 research is not yet completed.

Formal Name
Charles William Bingham Mechanical Engineering Building
Named For
Charles William Bingham, trustee


Constructed 6/1926-3/1927    
Architect 1926: Wilbur J. Watson and Associates
General Contractor
1926: Sam W. Emerson Company


Cost 1927: $471,000 estimated; $.34 per cubic foot
1926: Gift of $1,000,000 (half for construction, half for building maintenance endowment) from Charles W. Bingham, trustee and William Bingham, II, friend; Gift of $100,000 from Worcester Warner, trustee; Gift of $50,000 from Eckstein Case, trustee; Gift of $30,000 from Charles F. Brush, trustee; Gift of $10,000 from William Gwinn Mather, trustee; Gift of $10,000 from Francis F. Prentiss, trustee; Gift of $20,000 from Herbert H. Dow, alumnus/trustee

1927-1949+: Mechanical Engineering Dept.
1927-1949+: Classes, research, offices, workshops, power plant



First Case building designed by Wilbur Watson    


Alterations and Modifications


1937-1938: Added approximately 1000 square feet to balcony


Alterations and Modifications

1940: Approximately 4600 square feet third story on shop wing
Wilbur J. Watson and Associates
General Contractor
The Hadlock-Krill Company
Gifts of various amounts from Frances Payne Bolton, friend, and Mechanical Engineering alumni and friends


Alterations and Modifications


1941: Added 2000 square feet to balcony along east side of Power Laboratory
Wilbur J. Watson and Associates
General Contractor
The Hadlock-Krill Company
Gifts and Endowment


This summary was compiled by staff of the University Archives from sources in the custody of the Archives.


Collections FAQ

Why isn't the book on the shelf?
Find out where a book is before you go to the shelf. Search the Case Catalog to see what it says like
- "Check Shelves" (look on the shelves, find it, & check it out);
- "Just Checked In" (ask staff for help, it's nearby, but too soon to be back on the shelves yet);
- "Off Campus" (out at an OhioLINK school);
- "Due mm/dd/yyyy" (it’s checked out until that date.) 
Tip: If it is not available, order an OhioLINK copy
Can I return books to a different Library?

Return Case or OhioLINK items to any Case library, yes. Case libraries have different hours, so your book might not get checked in on the day you return it if you use a bookdrop.

Return the CPL@Case-KSL books only to KSL, so the collection is here for you & others. Case libraries are not responsible for returning other local libraries’ books. Returning public library books here will not check them off of your account at those libraries.

What does "Check Shelves" mean?
"Check Shelves" means it is supposed to be on the shelf. If it isn’t there, double-check what the Case Catalog currently says to make sure that nobody else has checked it out or has kept it out too long.
How long does reshelving take?
The times are different, depending on what is being reshelved and what time of semester it is. KSL goal: to reshelve journals within 24 weekday hours, reshelve books within 48 hours. During peak times (end of semester) the time can be longer. Ask staff at the Main Service Desk for help.
How do I reserve a book?
Books are on the shelves for anyone who needs them, and are not reserved for individual use. If our book is checked out, order a copy from the OhioLINK.
Where are the UL Storage Stacks?
KSL has a university center half a mile from KSL, where lesser used or brittle books are kept, and the catalog search screen will display "UL Storage." You can visit the Center during daytime hours, or use an online request form to bring back the item to KSL. The center is now called RRCC (Retrospective Research Collections Center.)
Can I get a book or video on a specific date?
Yes, Case faculty, staff, & students can find out more details and use a convenient online request form for Book a Video or DVD  (KSL’s other collections are available only on a first-come basis for everyone, and cannot be booked ahead of time.)
What does a Book on Order mean? When will it get here?
When the catalog item displays “1 copy ordered for (library name)” the item is already in the library getting the final processing labels, etc., and will soon be on the shelf! Ask staff if there are other copies avaialable in OhioLINK in the meantime, or if you have an urgent need.
What is a PIN?
Your PIN is not assigned, you choose what it is and enter it on the Case Catalog at “View Your Library Record,” following the instructions. A Case Library PIN is a Personal Identification Number that protects your information, just like your bank ATM asks for a similar security PIN.
How do I get a library account & where can I look at it?
Case faculty, staff, and students automatically have online library accounts. You can look at it on the Case Catalog under “View your library record.” Use your library account to renew items on line and keep track of what you have checked out or ordered from OhioLINK or RRCC or Iron Mountain sites. Your Case ID is your library card!

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