The Lawrence Group
Civil Engineering Design Consultants (CEDC)
In its pre-rehabilitation form, the Lewis Center occupies a former school, commonly called the Ward Building. Having sustained many additions over the years, this development effort aims to bring a unified and consistent built approach to the building and its grounds. The Lewis Collaborative is currently 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 wayfnding element at the two primary visitor and resident entries. This ele-ment
serves as signage, a truncation for grade variations and the historic stone wall, and
a modern of-set. This vibrant element sets the tone for contemporary and industrial inser-tions
in the building interior, as well.
The architecture of the Lewis Collaborative 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 are the new center of the building and