Lenexa City Center Library

The Lenexa City Center Library is a new destination branch of the Johnson County Library System in Kansas. It will serve as a source of innovative technology, information, and experiences that will enrich the community. Located on a municipal block at the heart of the City Center development, which aims to serve as a new downtown for the City of Lenexa, the library will serve the growing community of Lenexa with a place to learn, explore, create, and connect. The new library branch will incorporate a service model designed to enhance public access to the collections, focus services to patrons, and integrate patron self-service strategies and staff mobility.

Crested Butte Center for the Arts

Designed as a reflection of the community’s distinctive culture and geography, visitors and community members alike are meant to feel at home in the space. The faceted main roof recalls the gabled roofs of the historic town buildings and the angular silhouette of near-by Mt. Crested Butte. The multipurpose, double-height lobby under the central roof combines massive wood structural members, textured copper, and rich fabrics within floor-to-ceiling glass walls to create a warm interior environment. As the Center’s hub, the lobby connects users to the 300-seat theatre, art gallery, dance spaces, and art studios.

Manhattan School of Music, Neidorff-Karpati Hall

Manhattan School of Music is recognized as a premier international conservatory that has trained some of the world’s most celebrated performing artists and has upheld a tradition of excellence in music education for nearly a century. Addressing a series of limitations in the 1931 Auditorium, a new modifiable, one-piece orchestra shell will transform the stage’s acoustical environment to accommodate a full range of musical genres. Additionally, the distinct neo-deco character of the space will be enhanced with updated Interior elements such as textured wall moldings, new house lighting and seating, brass exit signs and unique chair railings.

Pablo Center at the Confluence

Black-green, split-face, Hornblende (granite-like stone) gives distinctive character to the exterior of the new Art Center, a soon to be landmark in the revitalization of downtown Eau Claire. Large window openings serve a dual purpose: revealing to passersby the activities within, and offering patrons and artists stunning views out to the Chippewa and Eau Clair Rivers. Two performance halls, gallery space, and four multi-purpose rooms will mark the building as an active center for entertainment and cultural enrichment.

University of Wisconsin-Madison, Hamel Music Center

A key focus of the design of the new School of Music are spaces that welcomes artistic expression. The state-of-the-art concert and recital halls are designed for symphonies and chamber orchestras, solos, quartets, and choral concerts. Rehearsal spaces and band rooms offer students space to hone their craft. Music practice rooms are acoustically isolated from each other so that no intrusive sounds interfere with the student’s practice. The new facility will serve as a catalyst for fresh artistic and academic inspiration, while also playing a signature part of the University East Campus Gateway.

University of Central Florida, John C. Hitt Library

The phased renovation and expansion of this this 1967 facility provides an opportunity to reorganize interior spaces to create a 21st century environment for research, study, collaborative work, and interaction with library collections and resources. A new Automated Retrieval Center (ARC) will enable instant access to a 1.5 million volume collection and allow existing stack space to be re-purposed for a 24-hour study commons, graduate student spaces, technology-rich group study rooms, instructional spaces, and significantly more user seating. Atop the ARC, a new reading room will provide unmatched views of the campus.

East Carolina University, Health Sciences Student Center

This hybrid building – both a recreation center and a student center – stands as the defining feature of the campus and sets the stage for a new academic quad. Expressing the student activities within, a multistory pavilion accommodates a coffee shop, sports bar, and open gathering space for the campus community to socialize and relax. The Center promotes a connection to the exterior environment through large open porches.

McAllen Performing Arts Center

The McAllen Performing Arts Center serves as an artistic hub of this rapidly growing metropolitan community. The 1800-seat multi-purpose performance hall features design elements inspired by the rich heritage of the lower Rio Grande Valley. The colors of McAllen’s bougainvillea are found in richly-hued seating and curtain materials while native Texas mesquite and pecan trees are celebrated in detailed mill work. Adjustable acoustics can easily accommodate the variety of local cultural groups, touring music, Broadway performance, and cross-border road shows presented.

University of Southern Indiana – Performance Center

From the earliest program discussions, there was no equivocation, the University of Southern Indiana wanted a thrust theatre to suite their educational and greater community purposes. This arrangement allows students to perform alongside professional actors in an intimate setting. The distinctive feature of the Performance Center is the electrified side walls to the stage. Light modulates the walls furnishing a multiple series of possibilities for presentation and teaching. Electrifying the side walls adds richness for theatrical presentations and the ability to alter the character of the space prior, during and after presentations.

West Virginia University, Creative Arts Center

The Creative Arts Center houses the School of Music, the School of Art & Design, and the School of Theatre & Dance. Limitations of the original 1970s building place constraints on program growth. The new addition provides studios for photography, electronic media, sculpture and painting, a lecture hall for art history, proscenium theater and recital hall. The addition also allows all programs within the three schools to be under one roof, promoting interdisciplinary communication and overcoming daily logistical and pedagogical challenges—a series of stacked, interlocking forums on each floor act as gathering spaces, allowing students and faculty to interact on a regular basis.

Fox Berkshire

At Fox Berkshire, moviegoers are meant to have a social and comfortable experience. The lobby, a space defined by an upturned roof structure and transparent walls, features open areas and plush seating that encourage relaxation and interaction. Custom developed carpet, large-format posters, and bold signage infuse the space with dynamic energy. The theaters themselves feature large recliners so that patrons can sit back, relax, and enjoy the show.

University of Southern Indiana, University Center Expansion

The distinguishable cone-shaped USI University Center is an iconic design, recognizable to members of the campus and surrounding community. Celebrating local industries, the center incorporates innovative applications of regional and reclaimed materials. A limestone entryway salvaged from the former historic Orr Iron Building pays homage to an Evansville landmark built by former Indiana governor, Robert D. Orr. One-of-a-kind interior elements formed from materials sourced from area manufacturers include a geometric patterned ceiling made of 1,200 chairs legs, wall coverings made from printed plastic sheeting normally used in the manufacturing of toothpaste tubing, and benches of solid aluminum ingot ends.

Southern Boone County Public Library

Convenient patron access was paramount in the library’s decision to remain in its central downtown location. Working with members of the community, the design team developed a series of duotone historical images lining the upper walls of the library, as modern-day friezes. Local craftsmen, in conjunction with the design team, created custom-designed tables and furniture from locally-sourced and recycled materials, making the project one of advocacy and involvement.  The interior focal point is a 14-by-24-foot woven wood enclosure that envelopes the quiet reading space.

Southern Connecticut State University, Buley Library

Located directly inside the library’s main entrance, the Learning Commons includes flexible study environments that accommodate both individual and collaborative learning style. Six study rooms surround the Commons with windows overlooking the quad and the student center. The interior’s open and lively design encourages gathering. An art gallery, career consulting offices, Autism Center, cyber café, rare book room/special collections, and 24-hour study space are other distinguishing programmatic elements in the Buley Library.

Stevens Institute of Technology, Lore-El Center For Women Leadership

The Lore-El Center for Women’s Leadership, a residence hall with deep ties to Stevens Institute of Technology, fosters women’s empowerment professionally, socially, and academically. Renovations made to the Center transform the space into a hub for educational programs, social gatherings, guest speakers, and workshops. Movable furniture supports multiple configurations and a newly renovated kitchen permits catering for these special functions. The building celebrates its Victorian roots by preserving wood flooring, door trimmings, and beautiful stained-glass windows. A modern twist is incorporated through updated furnishings and lighting. New wallpaper playfully incorporates a light bulb motif as a homage to engineering and the birth of new ideas. These improvements to the Lore-El Center for Women’s Leadership contribute to the richness and diversity of student life on campus and foster an environment to Inspire. Empower. Lead.

University of North Texas, Lucille “Lupe” Murchison Performing Arts Center

The Murchison Performing Arts Center functions as both a performance and teaching venue which is tailored to meet the needs of the music program at the University of North Texas.  Suffused with soft, natural light and enveloped by a richly colored interior, the concert hall possesses a sense of intimacy that belies its large seating capacity.  The main hall is an unintimidating space for novice performers to hone their presentation abilities. The lyric theater allows for the staging of small-scale operatic, musical, and experimental vocal performances. Highly visible to commuters on Interstate 35, the rising curved metal roof of the concert hall and the sweeping arc of the glass and clay-wall lobby create a recognizable landmark.  The mix of variously textured Texas limestone, illuminated tile and brick establish the center as a gateway to the university and a distinctive physical presence commensurate with the quality and sophistication of the music program.  Earning immediate critical and public acclaim, the center has joined the ranks of the finest performing arts complexes in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.

Stevens Institute of Technology, Ruesterholz Admissions Center

A reflection of 145 years of campus history and tradition, the Admissions Center makes a lasting first impression for prospective students. Unique to Stevens, five interview rooms each feature a custom designed wall covering reflective of an alumni accomplishment. Bubble wrap, invented by a Stevens graduate, and now depicted in a wall surface, looks so authentic the temptation to touch is irresistible. The center also integrates touch screen technology for an interactive exploration into the Stevens legacy.

Western Connecticut State University, Visual and Performing Arts Center

This project, located on the University’s second campus, organizes and provides clarity to the various grouping of residence halls, sports facilities, and parking areas on a sylvan hilltop. The strong geometric arrangement of building shapes and landscape patterns highlights the entries into the facility and establishes a common central green space for the campus. The arts center is both a bustling academic environment as well as the most visited public place on the campus. As such, the new building provides a strong foundation for future campus development and invites the public to experience the arts.

New Mexico State University, Associated Students of NMSU Center for the Arts

Located at a prominent entry point to a previously introverted campus, the Center serves as a gateway for the community. Drawing from the geographical context, the building is inspired by Southwestern colors, materials, and topography. An ‘arroyo,’ a land formation typical of New Mexico, became inspiration for the multi-story lobby, which resembles a pathway carved by running water in a flat desert environment. Travertine walls, large skylights, site specific murals, and a series of terraces oriented for views of the iconic Organ Mountain range all serve to connect the building to its surrounding landscape.

Columbia Public Library

The Columbia Public Library is a lively place with people bustling all around accessing activities and books that offer opportunities to enrich one’s life through education and exposure to the world of ideas and data. Expanding upon the existing structure, the new Columbia Public Library is defined by a series of geometrically distinct forms, each clad in a unique material, housing specific library functions. The conical entrance pavilion, the oblong utility spine, the cylindrical collections area, and the administration rectangle prove integral to the way visitors understand and navigate the library.The integration of public art by Albert Paley and Joseph Falsetti adds to the dramatic impression on both the passerby and the user.

Bear Public Library

Public activities at the Bear Public Library take place under the big tent: a 45 foot tall conical single-story, open area that is home to all library services. The renovation of the 1998 building reduces the apparent scale of the big tent and establishes a feeling of intimacy previously absent. As the most heavily used library in Delaware, the renovation maximizes the minimal project cost with durable finishes that liven the library. The re imagined Bear Public Library now accommodates the dynamic community - one of the most diverse in Delaware - with organized programmatic spaces.

Dover Public Library

The new Dover Public Library is a careful balance of respect for the past and a sign of the future of this vibrant city. Scaled to nearby historic structures, the building simultaneously provides contemporary elliptical and cubic glass components that are welcoming to visitors.  To promote community engagement, the design includes meeting and reading rooms with an array of seating choices and malleable furniture layouts. Each space is a reflection of the city’s culture, from the “Dover Den,” a casual inter-generational spot for movie-watching, to the “Living Room,” a quiet, adult area overlooking a roof garden and the Capitol beyond.

Stephens Central Library

At the geographic center of town an iconic department store stood vacant for twenty years until its transformation as the new Stephens Central Library.  In its adaptive reuse, the introverted building became extroverted, boasting new undulating glass facades at street level that connect participants and onlookers.  Custom interiors reflect the community’s diversity, spirit, and regional pride. Wall tiles are embossed with the library card cowboy logo; a local landmark, the Twin Mountains, is digitally imprinted on a glass partition; the lobby wall covering is patterned with the cowboy hat, buffalo soldier hat and sombrero to represent San Angelo’s demographics, while the wall covering in the children’s area depicts animals of the southwest.

The Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center

Located in a historic downtown neighborhood, the Performing Arts Center is the cultural anchor of a redevelopment district.  The 1,800 seat multi-purpose proscenium theater has a movable acoustical ceiling and wall panels within the stage house to accommodate a wide variety of performances from large-scale traveling productions to symphonic orchestra performances.  The striking glass lobby is a story of local pride. The Tulip Poplar, Kentucky’s state tree, is featured in the custom-fabric wall covering and one-of-a-kind chandelier, while the Goldenrod-patterned carpet pays tribute to the state flower.

City of Wylie Municipal Complex

The City of Wylie Municipal Complex combines all city offices, a municipal recreation center, and the public library. It represents the community’s unwavering commitment to a facility that vastly expands citizens’ access to services, information, programs, and its city government. The expanded programs and services are organized into three buildings connected by a continuous 770-foot long Texas-limestone wall.  Each building is punctuated by distinct shapes that create special rooms for the City Council chamber, the library teen center, a quiet reading room, and an extension of the indoor running track. The variety of shapes makes intimate areas for the community within the overall expansive facility.

Francis Marion University Performing Arts Center

Resulting from a partnership between a range of public and private entities, the Performing Arts Center at Francis Marion University forms a new regional artistic hub, attracting audiences from the area and offering educational programs for students at the university.Hosting multiple academic, professional, local, and touring performing arts groups, the main 900-seat multi-purpose hall accommodates a range of performance genres. A patented moveable, one-piece orchestra shell transforms the auditorium from a music environment to a full stage house for theatrical presentations, ensuring optimal acoustics in either setting. Located near the recently completed main library, little theater and future museum, the Center forms an anchor for a growing downtown Florence cultural district.

Ramapo College, Salameno Spiritual Center

In an effort to bring tranquility and spiritual peace to the day-to-day routine of the campus community, the center facilitates formal group services as well as individual meditation and contemplation. The center’s design is a testament to the acceptance of varied spiritual beliefs and multicultural openness.  The faceted exterior of the main space is evocative of an ancient tent, a space hospitable to personal contemplation.  Narrow bands of glass wrap the sides of the structure providing framed views of the pastoral setting.  A north facing clerestory offers illumination during the day or a glimpse of stars at night.

Kent State University, Roe Green Center

The Roe Green Center provides unified, expanded and improved facilities for the School of Theatre and Dance.  With vigorously shaped additions that include a 200-seat black-box theater, three dance studios, and a new lobby, a formerly unremarkable building is metamorphosed into a beacon for the arts.  The banding of multi-colored materials, and use of variously sized masonry blocks with differing finishes, lend the building a sense of rhythm that captures attention when approached from the main campus drive. The Center’s richly textured cantilevered surfaces dapple sunlight in the day, and glow when illuminated at night.

Hylton Performing Arts Center at George Mason University

Three distinct public institutions, (George Mason University, City of Manassas, and Prince William County) armed with a far-reaching vision and persistence, have brought about a singular performing arts facility, the Hylton Performing Arts Center that meets the needs of a multitude of civic and academic constituents. Committed to creating a place special to all, meetings were held throughout the entire process with university personnel and community arts groups to ensure that the final outcome would meet the needs of all the participants. The opera-style performance hall represents a benchmark in modern theater design in terms of compact layout and audience interaction. The tight horseshoe shape and three vertical tiers of boxes create a setting in which no seat is farther than 90 feet from the proscenium. Now, truly a landmark, the building is a key component in the formation of a cultural hub in the region.

University of Missouri- Columbia Student Center

The University of Missouri-Columbia's new Student Center establishes a vibrant hub of student life in the heart of the University's garden-like campus. Through a multi-workshop process with students, university administration, and staff, user input was consistently incorporated throughout the planning, programming, and design process and in securing the overwhelming approval of a student fee referendum. In reference to its mascot, the new student center includes the Tiger Commons for informal socializing and a new two level University Bookstore with an expanded Tiger Tech computer services area. The new student center encompasses seven distinct eating venues that each include an integrated seating area with a decor that complements and completes the theme of the cuisine, accommodating seating for up to 600.

Delaware State University, Student Life Quad

The newly conceived Student Life Quad, with both the new Student Center and the new Wellness Center, anchors the University’s main entrance. Fostering an environment for growth, the Martin Luther King Jr. Student Center celebrates King’s legacy. A gateway to academic collaboration and social gathering, members of the campus community are brought together in an environment that supports the spirit of fellowship. A glass façade advocates connectivity between the Center and Student Life Quad, promoting the building as an inclusive space. The Wellness Center provides a place for students and community members to congregate, play, and stay fit. The building is one of the most significant structures on campus. It promotes physical well-being and vitality, enhancing the quality of student life while providing a resource that is enjoyed by city residents.

Texas Tech University Student Union Building

Complementing the Spanish Renaissance-inspired campus architecture, the union utilizes a prescribed palette of materials in original ways, resulting in a building that melds with the campus fabric, while maintaining its own distinctive, modern identity. A facility for students funded completely by students, the building is the result of active student participation during the design process and their desire to participate in decisions about their environment. An exuberant, lively, and energetic building, the facility is the “living room of the campus,” encouraging users to congregate with its assortment of variously scaled spaces. With a 60% increase in traffic flow compared with pre-expansion use, the building enhances opportunities for interaction between members of the campus community.

Cedar Hill Government Center

The multi-functional civic building is a mark of the city’s pioneering spirit, bringing together three community functions for the first time: the City Hall, Independent School District administrative offices, and Police Department. Linking Cedar Hill’s rugged frontier past with its current enterprising image, the building uses local materials, regional symbols, and the character of the surrounding landscape in innovative, unusual ways. Cedar trees cleared from the site were milled and used as interior finishes for the Cedar Hill Room, and locally sourced Texas limestone and structural clay tile further tie the building to its community. A central vaulted atrium provides passage through the complex; bridges, stairs and lookout platforms provide opportunities for chance encounters among acquaintances.

Shepherd University Center for Contemporary Arts

Eager to cultivate opportunities for cross-disciplinary interactions, various artistic programs at the Shepherd University, in conjunction with a summer theater festival, sought a building that fostered an atmosphere of shared learning and experimentation. Flexible and easily adaptable, the Center for Contemporary Art breaks down learning barriers and enhances the dynamism of collaborative efforts between performers, playwrights, visual artists, and production designers. Designed in three phases, Phase 1 includes art studios, rehearsal spaces, and computer labs while Phase Two houses a 200-seat flexible theater and additional studio and support spaces. Phase Three is forthcoming and will house a proscenium and thrust theater. The Center is also planned as a campus landmark, a gateway into West Virginia, and an icon of contemporary expression within the country's cultural landscape.

United States Military Academy, Jefferson Hall Library and Learning Center

The new Jefferson Hall Library and Learning Center celebrates the charge to provide a building of quality and character that will be perceived as a progression of past success that also leads to future opportunities. Reinterpreting the campus’s Military Gothic architecture for the 21st century, cadets have wireless access throughout public reading rooms, classrooms, group study rooms, and teaching labs. In the tradition of formal interior spaces on campus, on the building’s topmost floor, the Alexander Haig Room is a space intended for receptions, special events, lectures, and multi-media presentations in addition to serving as group study and academic learning space. Sited on the edge of West Point’s historic training field, parade ground, and athletic space, known as “the Plain,” the building connects to the neighboring structures through its shape, form, and materials. Motifs from cadet uniforms, military medals, seals and inscriptions, provide decorative highlights throughout the library, firmly connecting this forward-looking building to the Academy’s rich traditions.

George A. Purefoy Municipal Center

Housing both a city hall and library space, richly patterned, custom fabrics and flooring used throughout the complex reflect Frisco’s history and traditions.  Dramatic vaulted spaces, multi-storied atrium, and light-filled, airy interiors appropriate for a municipal facility are awe-inspiring to visitors. Marked by a constant buzz of activity, the lively and dynamic interior spaces encourage residents to utilize the center as a place for gathering.

Globe News Center for the Performing Arts

Phenomenal grassroots support formed the driving force for the creation of the Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts. Embodying the community’s cultural aspirations, the Center located in the heart of downtown, serves the entire Panhandle region.A tribute to the sense of civic pride in Amarillo, the project was privately funded, an unusual feat for any community. At the heart of the Center is a 1,300-seat multi-purpose hall that will be used by the local orchestra, ballet, opera, and other regional arts organizations. The adaptability is possible through an innovative movable acoustic bandshell of oriented strand board panels that exactly match the interior of the hall. Custom-made elements, such as the seat coverings and terrazzo floors, which recall the quilt patterns of the irregular farmland when viewed from the air, and a ceiling of familiar panels typically used on cattle trailers, are part of a highly personal design vocabulary that captures the local flavor. The overall vitality of the building creates a special place unlike anything else in Amarillo or Texas yet totally at home in the panhandle.

Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi, Performing Arts Center

A nexus for cultural activity and creative expression, dramatic forms, coupled with a vivid palette of materials, highlight the facility’s role in cultivating an atmosphere of artistic exuberance. The crystal clear acoustics of the warm, inviting interiors position the center as the most sought-after performance venue in the region. Alternately intimate and grand, the 1,500-seat hall allows for diverse seating options to accommodate teaching needs as well as performances by professional musical groups.

ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center

Serving the youth of Charlotte, the Center, combining library and theater functions, is dedicated to creating an environment where visitors experience the written, spoken and electronic word in an integrated environment. Users respond to stories in multi-sensory ways, and interactive features encourage them to participate in creating their own stories. The nurturing of young people at every stage of their development to allow them to discover their individual potential and to challenge their intellect is at the heart of ImaginOn. The two major performance venues, a 550-seat proscenium theater and 250-seat studio theater stand at opposite ends, while the library is centrally located. A large, multi-story pubic space contains interactive exhibits and serves as a gathering area and reception venue. The Center is a story all its own, captivating the minds and imagination of young people and families.