Middle West Spirits
Middle West Spirits operated their artisan small batch distillery business from a 10,000 square foot, 1920's era historic warehouse structure for several years before deciding to expand. Their new space now houses new distillery equipment, tasting room, bottle shop, and offices.
Their plans to increase their capacity required new distillery equipment, including stills of 50 feet and 35 feet in height and several large mashing tanks. To accommodate this new equipment, a center portion of the original steel bow truss and wood roof was removed and a new 55 foot tall, tiered steel structure was inserted over new foundations below. The new structure was clad entirely in Kalwall panels, creating a monolithic translucent white tower with both a striking and subtle daytime presence and a glowing, beacon-like quality at night.
The tasting room and adjacent private function room feature exposed ceiling structure with a new skylight over an antique bar and seating. A large set of collapsible window panels open to a street-side patio. In this way, the reimagined distillery directly participates in and amplifies the lively retail and entertainment neighborhood. Behind the public spaces, the production area features a series of industrial, steel-structured mezzanine levels climbing to the uppermost sections of the stills to provide access for operations and maintenance and for public tours. The second level includes a public education space with a projecting frameless glass window to capture views of the neighborhood.
The singular, monolithic nature of the addition and its disconnected relationship with the ground plane create an ambiguity of scale. Its contrasting relationship with the historic warehouse clearly illustrate its role as a “parabuilding” — that is, an addition or alteration (“parasite”) to and existing building (“host”) that transforms the essential character of the original structure.
MicroTower Parking Booth
The MicroTower Parking Booth is the re-imagination of an otherwise overlooked and unconsidered part of the downtown landscape located at one of many of the ubiquitous downtown surface parking lots. This parking booth was design as a new tower on the city’s skyline, realized at a scale both tall and small, its proportions and monolithic nature mimicking the office towers that surround it. Nevertheless, at forty feet in height, it assumes the role of urban landmark.
The MicroTower’s primary role is to serve as a booth for parking lot attendants and will replace the existing parking booth on the site. The parking booths program takes up approximately two-thirds of the floor area leaving the other third as flexible program space. Options are interchangeable, including food cart/coffee cart service and bike storage. Information about upcoming events can be found here on JBADUSA.com.
Inexpensive and readily available, shipping containers (also known as Intermodal Steel Building Units, or ISBU’s) offered an ideal solution to the construction of the MicroTower. The containers’ dimensions, roughly 8 feet by 9 feet by 40 feet, easily accommodated the space required by a parking attendant and the ancillary space for flexible program.
Columbus Metropolitan Library - Whitehall
A stunningly simple and elegant building form creates heightened public awareness and improved access for the library. An accessible floor system and an open interior layout will accommodate reconfigurations with ease.
This Whitehall Library is the first of two projects that are part of the Columbus Metropolitan Library’s Vision2020, a district-wide building initiative intended to re-create all of the system’s branches in the context of the library of the future. This new library, located on vacant property in Whitehall, had as its overarching goals: 1) maximizing access to customers, 2) creating transparent architecture in an open environment, 3) providing flexible and adaptable spaces, and 4) having a strong presence and becoming a changing agent in a challenged community.
The design was based upon a simple, open and transparent public reading room flanked by adjacent meeting rooms and services. The building is located along a main arterial street and two prominent and opposing entries provide easy access for both pedestrians and vehicles while joining the urban environment with the adjacent neighborhoods. The interior spaces are highly flexible, ensuring the library’s future relevance in a rapidly changing environment of technologies, information access and community needs.
Battery B is a 48,000 square foot, infill apartment building located at the edge of a mixed-use, urban community. The project was built on the vacant corner-block site of a former Jeffrey Mining Company building dating to the 1880’s. The project consists of 4 linked buildings of 2 and 3 stories with 56 residential units arranged along open-air corridors that form an interior courtyard.
The urban design goals were to re-establish the street edges and locate parking to the rear of the building. The architectural goals were to respond to the physical and historical context and create simple, compact living spaces that are highly functional and affordable.
A pair of buildings at the eastern edge of the site is consciously industrial in character with standing seam galvanized metal exteriors and a repetitive saw-tooth roof. A central public entry bisects the east façade and creates access to the apartment entrances and parking behind. Large, hand-painted graffiti murals at the end of each of the buildings make reference to the site’s industrial heritage.
At the courtyard, the building expresses its industrial character in a more playful way with a palette of colors applied with an irregular rhythm to the grid of the fiber cement board apartment façades and with minimalist steel stairs, railings and guardrails.
The Sullivan house utilizes minimalist aesthetics to create a design that is simple and honest. The use of glass creates a design that is airy, showcasing the surrounding wooded expanses.
The Sullivan House is a private residence located high above a deep ravine on a three-acre, wooded suburban lot. The structure is built partly on the remaining foundations of a previous house and has been enlarged to 3,500 square feet.
The project formally references the farm structures common to the area at the time of its first settlement in the early 19th C. The house is composed of a pair of opposing, gabled barn-like structures, simple in form with a heavy timber oak structure. The minimalist expression of this reference creates a strong and clear aesthetic – the basic structure and iconic form are primary. Large expanses of glass expose the timber columns and beams and open the main living areas and master bedroom to the surroundings
True to the minimalist, agrarian aesthetic, the exterior materials and detailing are simple and honest. The main body of the structures is clad in a natural, dark wood siding – Shou Sugi Ban, a charred Douglas fir material akin to a centuries-old hickory. The lower levels, the pair of chimneys and the site walls are built from rough limestone.
Outdoor spaces are integral to the interior spaces and functions of the house. Large sliding glass panels open the length of the interior dining room to the front bluestone dining terrace and garden and a flagstone entry walk.
AIA Ohio Honorable Mention
AIA Columbus Honor Award
The renovated structure has created a new image for Cunz Hall and the College of Public Health and reconnected the building with the surrounding campus. The project will be the first Leed Gold project and first renovation project for the university.
A 1960’s, Brutalist Style structure on the campus of The Ohio State University, has been extensively renovated as the new home of the College of Public Health, with offices, classrooms and bioscience laboratories. The renovations were required to retain the concrete structure and much of the signature Brutalist precast concrete panel exteriors while improving upon a number of deficiencies, including the lack of interior day-lighting, confusing interior circulation, limited contextual relationship, the lack of clarity of the building’s entries that were located on four identical façades, and the aesthetic limitations of this particular example of Brutalist architecture – all this while achieving LEED Gold certification.
The singular move of creating a new north-south orientation led to the resolution of these deficiencies. Precast panels were replaced with a new glass curtain wall and glass canopy above the new north entry and a forty foot deep slot was carved into the south façade. The new glazing, the slot and a 2-story atrium all bring a flood of daylight into the building. A new north-south lobby at each floor connects the north and south entries through the building, providing a clear internal orientation and new exterior views to the campus. New full-height glass stair towers at each entry clearly establish the new points of access – the south serving as the main access for college faculty, staff and students entering from the medical campus and the north serving main campus students accessing the first floor classrooms. The extensive use of glass in the alterations and additions creates a clear distinction between old and new, reinforcing the integrity of the original Brutalist architecture while creating a new and current image for the building and its occupants. The interiors feature perimeter both open offices suites and enclosed offices using demountable partitions with glass panels that bring daylight into the corridors and other interior spaces. LEED design features include all new advanced HVAC systems and controls, the extensive (95%) recycling of nearly all of the demolition and construction materials, the green roof adjacent to the second floor atrium and the new rain garden located in the south entry court. The anticipated LEED Gold certification will be the first such certification and the first LEED renovation project for the university.
AIA Columbus Honor Award 2011