Lucas Lofts is a 136,000 square foot live/work development located in the urban, mixed-use, arts-oriented community of East Franklinton in Columbus. The project is to be built on the vacant corner-block site of a former industrial building and consists of two 4-story structures with 136 residential units arranged along open-air corridors that also serve as common areas for the tenants.
This live/work concept is intended to provide flexible space for creative professionals to work, live and sell. A range of creative uses are anticipated – maker spaces, studios for artists, graphic designers, architects, etc., as well as retail-oriented uses for ground-level units. Each individual unit can accommodate a dedicated use for work or for living or for selling, or in any combination thereof.
Ground floor units feature large storefronts facing the street and glazed garage doors at the interior, open-air Market Alley for retail display and are open to the public for daily retail activity and special events.
The building’s large-scale exterior Corten steel facades represent a connection to the industrial heritage of the community and the raw materials of creativity found in the live/work studios inside.
274 E. First Ave
274 E. 1st Ave. is a 155-unit, mixed-use residential infill project located in a historic urban neighborhood of Columbus. The project sits on the former site of several massive turn-of-the-century manufacturing buildings that were home to the historic Jeffrey Mining Company. The architecture makes a modern reference to the site’s manufacturing past with its large-scale silver metal-clad industrial shed forms interrupted with color contrasting inset bays and voids opening to the site’s interior. A tenant entry, public café, lounge/co-working space and social roof deck punctuate the building’s corner.
Michigan Ave Apartments
Michigan Ave. Apartments is a 54-unit infill apartment building in an urban neighborhood of Columbus. The project occupies a prominent corner in a mixed-use context and provides affordable housing much in demand. The simple building form features a scalloped profile clad in bands of grey brick. The project is currently under construction.
Jorgensen Farms is a working organic farm and event venue located on 100 acres of Ohio farmland. JBAD was asked to help Val and David upgrade and expand their facilities including the existing Historic Barn and a new Ceremony Building and Bride & Groom Suites. True to the authentic agrarian character of Jorgensen Farms, JBAD has created a series of simple, elegant structures sited as stand-alone functional objects that reinterpret rural Midwestern vernacular architecture and act as a bookend to the Flower Fields, a favorite wedding venue. Heavy timber, exposed steel and wood bowstring trusses and charred So Sugi Ban wood cladding are among the spare, functional details. The traditional procession of gathering, preparation, ceremony, and celebration inform the siting and relationships of the buildings and the outdoor spaces defined by them. Construction is underway and focused on a 2022 opening.
The Columbus Metropolitan Library, as part of a $137M, nine branch library building program, envisions a new, community-focused, state-of-the-art library for the City of Reynoldsburg. JBAD and Gund Associates of Boston, as design partners on the project, have created a site-specific response with a stacked, folded, elevated and layered structure that’s both complex and minimal. Located on a main corridor at the edge of the city and along an urban waterway, the design maximizes interior daylight and views, provides important outdoor public space and creates a modern, iconic civic image for the City of Reynoldsburg. Construction will begin in 2022.
@150 North Third Street
As a prime example of a growing trend of urban infill and adaptive reuse projects in Columbus, @ 106 North Third Street saves a 120-year-old warehouse structure and repurposes the building and surrounding parking lots as a mixed-use residential project. The historic, 5 story masonry and heavy timber structure was converted to apartments and expanded with a 5 story addition, configured in an “L”-shape, for a total of 79 apartments and 100,000 square feet. The addition and an amenity deck are raised above a concrete podium which provides limited on-grade parking for 27 cars. Retail space is located on the ground floor of the existing building and in a new 3,000 square foot, 1 story building on Third St.
Design Integration A central goal for this project was to create an iconic building that represents both the past and the future of urban Columbus. Our intent was to create a dialog between architectural preservation and a modern intervention; a contrast in material, pattern and color that revitalizes an eviscerated urban block with a contemporary and relevant purpose and expression.
Designing for Equitable Communities The project is located in the heart of a highly walkable and central downtown district with both vehicular and pedestrian access and adjacent to city bus lines. The terraced stairs that connect the amenity deck to the sidewalk redefines the public-private boundary and creates a more socially equitable open space. The planning, architectural design and landscape design were negotiated through an extensive public review process.
Designing for Economy On this small infill site, a stated goal was to maximize density with the conversion of the historic building and the addition of a compatible infill building balanced with valuable open spaces and amenities. Apartments were designed to be efficient and affordable and materials were chosen for their economy, performance and visual impact.
Designing for Well-being For this urban infill project, it was important to provide a generous amount and variety of accessible outdoor spaces for relaxation and recreation. Compact apartments feature ample glazing to maximize daylight.