Contrast allows the University of Saint Francis multi-use facility to celebrate surrounding historic buildings. Acting as a counter-point to the Performing Arts Center, the two buildings frame a social plaza. â€œGreenâ€? terraces and daylighting techniques emphasize Fort Wayneâ€™s efforts to revitalize and stimulate the community. In response to the material aspect of the project, concrete masonry is highlighted to show its structural capabilities. Load-bearing walls on the north side rise up through the retail and housing services becoming visible to the exterior space before supporting student housing above. A hexagonal structural grid for underground parking provides flexibility for multi-directional positioning of these load-bearing walls. Apartment-style housing is an attractive feature for students and other residents. Through contrast, this design strives to become a dynamic asset to the community.