Architectural Record has included the Nulman Lewis Student Center in its "Building Type Studies" section of the July 2009 issue.
The Wheeler School, a private co-ed K-12 grade school in Providence, Rhode Island, recently unveiled the newest addition to its campus, the Nulman Lewis Student Center. Designed by Boston-based Ann Beha Architects, the student center is now a central focal point of the campus as it has been designated the preferred drop-off and pick-up site for the students. Built on a quiet side street, the building's front provides ample room to spot arriving parents.
Responding to the desires of creating an efficient green building, the architects shaded the student center's interior and exterior be extending the curtain wall's aluminum "ribs." The operable windows are fitted with glass designed to cool the interior and yet provide maximum outside visibility. In addition, an insulating green roof provides further reduction in heating and cooling costs.
Occupying a site once devoted to the school's garbage dumpsters, the building now provides a link between the middle school and the once isolated offices. Set in Providence's historic East Side, a neighborhood filled with brownstones and ivy covered houses, the building's modern, modest design of concrete, exposed glass, and aluminum has received few opposition as the design provides a perfect complimentary link between the old and new architectural styles.
Be sure to read Martina Windels’ article titled "Wheeler’s Lovely New Building" in the Providence Journal.
See The Wheeler School's site for more information and videos about the new building.
Malcolm Grear Designers designed the signs for the building as well as The Wheeler School’s visual identity and branding program and campus sign system.