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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. “Green� terraces and daylighting techniques emphasize Fort Wayne’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.


Indiana Concrete Masonry Association competititon.