Completion: August 2011
Cost: $2,000,000
Size: 9,000 SF
Awards: American Institute of Architects, Dayton Chapter, 2012 Merit Award, Interior Project;
American School & University Magazine, 2012 Educational Interiors Showcase, Gold Citation

The challenging program for this renovation required the insertion of new Art Center and CraftSummer art studios and offices into an existing natatorium.  While the large open space lent itself to the Art Center, major structural modifications were required to remove concrete bleachers and structure, and to infill the pool area.

The large expanse of South-facing windows required sun control without obstruction of views.  The solution is a series of horizontal fins sized and spaced to prevent direct sunlight from reaching the work areas throughout the year.  These shade panels transition into a sculptural ceiling element that compresses the volume and provides visual interest.

The creation of a second level mezzanine provided additional instructional space. The playful, colorful structure is carried into the 2nd level curtainwall, where structural angles and shading panel colors are combined, unifying the detail concepts of the project.

The design gives the Art Center a recognizable presence on campus and expresses its mission “… to strengthen creativity and develop personal expression…”