Community Architecture

neighborhood center

SOUTHEAST NEIGHBORHOOD CENTER – UNITED WAY OF ST. JOSEPH COUNTY

This neighborhood center is anchored by a high-quality early learning program featuring holistic health services, youth, teen, and senior programming and provides access to basic needs and emergency services. This community architecture project also includes a 1,600-square-foot multipurpose room that can be used as an indoor play area. The design integrates the principles of trauma-informed care with the goal of creating physical

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renovation

HARVEST BIBLE/GOSPEL CITY CHURCH RENOVATION

Harvest Bible was blessed with significant growth leading to challenges in providing adequate worship and education space.  Arkos Design and Blue Ridge Architects collaborated on master plan services leading the church’s building committee through several planning sessions. These sessions lead to the refinement of multiple options and sequencing of phased construction.  The church identified their needs as an expanded worship

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Ball Band Biergarten Event Space

BALL BAND BIERGARTEN EVENT SPACE

This park includes a small gazebo and monument dedicated to all the Ball Band Workers of Mishawaka. It overlooks the site of the former Mishawaka Woolen Company, which later became Ball Band, then Uniroyal. The beer garden structure is equipped with restrooms and a concession area. City officials promote the event space as an area that will be open for

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CAMP EBERHART TREEHOUSE VILLAGE

Nestled in a heavily wooded site, these 2-story elevated, open-air treehouses create a sense of living amongst the trees at Camp Eberhart. Four tree houses each accommodate 12 campers and a counselor. The upper sleeping platform is roofed and screened covering a lower platform for gathering and social time.

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CENTRAL PARK BANDSHELL

The City of Mishawaka desired a bandshell to support the growing number of events at Central Park. The structure needed to function as a bandshell while also creating an artistic statement. The space frame supporting structure has a wood deck underside a metal roof and embodies a sculptural sense while protecting the stage and being aesthetically sensitive to the context

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new construction

NEW CONSTRUCTION – FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH OF MIDDLEBURY

The First United Methodist Church had outgrown their old building in downtown Middlebury.  The new construction features a 65-foot bell tower that rises high above the rolling hills just south of town.  The building is designed to accommodate the growth of their congregation, with the ability to further expand their sanctuary in the future to gain an additional 100 seats.

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ELKHART CALVARY ASSEMBLY OF GOD – FOYER & CAFE RENOVATION

This foyer and cafe renovation incorporated a new full-service café with built-in and flexible seating. A new reception desk, paint, carpet, and lighting continue the updates into the main foyer. The restrooms were renovated with new finishes and lighting as well as accessibility upgrades. The Elkhart Calvary Assembly of God wanted to increase the prominence of their Sacred Grounds Café

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renovation

THE CHAPEL EVANGELICAL FREE CHURCH—EDUCATION WING ADDITION

To accommodate growth, the 17,300-sf addition provides new children’s classrooms, a nursery, and an indoor activity zone and gathering space.  Renovations of approximately 4,500-sf within the existing building allow for additional offices and adult classrooms. Classrooms are uniquely designed for each age group with theming and wayfinding. Younger ages have a queuing/check-in at each classroom’s entrance. An outdoor children’s playground is

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community architecture

community architecture
United Way of St. Joseph County - Southeast Neighborhood Center Ribbon Cutting