The Lawrence Group
Civil Engineering Design Consultants (CEDC)
Two-phase implementation will allow for continuous occupancy
New bioretention and permeable pavers displace runoff from the site
Historic wall maintained and integrated into the site design
Dedicated parking for 136 bicycles
In its pre-rehabilitation form, the Lewis Center occupies a former school, commonly called the Ward Building, that has been added on to over many years. This development effort aims to bring a unified and consistent built approach to the building and its grounds. The Lewis Center plays home to an incubator co-working space, a cafe, and individual residences. This very modern use requires a modern approach in a historic framework.
DTLS proposed a very contemporary insertion of a metal retaining wall that acts as a wayfinding element at the two primary visitor and resident entries. This element serves as signage, a truncation for grade variations and the historic stone wall, and a modern off-set. This vibrant element sets the tone for contemporary and industrial insertions in the building interior, as well.
The architecture of the Lewis Center is focused around two interior courtyards. These insular gems are envisioned as a respite from the goings-on within the building, and are meant to be spill-out spaces for collaboration and daily life. Supplemented by new pavements, planting, and furnishings, the courtyards will be the center of the building and student life.