Fishers Art Center and Municipal Building Design

Fishers Art Center and Municipal Building

We were honored to collaborate with Context and BW Construction on our submission for the design of the new Fishers Arts Center and Municipal building.

Public and Private

Our design has both private and public components. It was important that the design support a robust art program. This includes an auditorium to fit 400 people, fine arts classrooms, and a pottery studio among other features. There is also a City Council Chambers with seating for 50, a Town Court, and Council Meeting Room.

Office Component

The office component exterior has a vertical and horizontal frame made of Trespa, a phenolic material resembling wood without the maintenance. The West and East sides of the office component are clad in Indiana Limestone with horizontal slot openings to stay consistent with the surrounding architecture.

Exterior Spaces

A private rooftop deck sits above the offices along with smaller decks on the west side. The mayoral office is private and sits on the top floor facing north with its own private deck. We added punched openings that allow for daylight to penetrate the building interior.

It was a pleasure getting to work alongside Mayor Scott Fadness in determining the needs and desires for this exciting project.

Martindale-Brightwood Branch Library Receives LEED Silver

The new Martindale-Brightwood Library is more than just a building. Even before the first sketch was produced, the Library and design team organized a discovery process to understand the hopes, wants, and needs of the community. These efforts revealed a desire for the Library to reflect African American culture, the rich history of the area, and the undeniable spirit of the people who call it home. The Library, which sits on a brown-field redevelopment in an economically depressed area received its LEED Silver certification in August 2021. Continue reading “Martindale-Brightwood Branch Library Receives LEED Silver” »

Fire Station Design White River Township Station No. 53

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When the old station was scheduled to be demolished, White River Township Fire Department in Greenwood, IN wanted to work with a firm that had extensive fire station design experience. We partnered with them to design the new Station No. 53. The station serves a community of 35,000 people and answers around 3,200 emergency calls per year.
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Answers to All Your Burning Questions about the Amphitheater at White River State Park

When the Amphitheater at White River State Park opens this summer, there will be a new permanent stage and fixed seating. But that doesn’t mean the lawn is going away, or that the general admission pit is disappearing. Here’s everything you need to know about the makeover at White River State Park. Continue reading “Answers to All Your Burning Questions about the Amphitheater at White River State Park” »

Say “Hello” to Axis’s Newest Architectural Associate

Say “hello” to Axis’s newest architectural associate, Mitchell Archer. Mitchell comes to Axis by way of the University of Kentucky, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in architecture. As an undergrad, Mitchell served as the chapter vice president for the American Institute of Architecture Students and as the conference chair for the 2019 AIAS Midwest Quad Conference. The Ohio native joined the team earlier this fall and is most eager to work on urban projects. Continue reading “Say “Hello” to Axis’s Newest Architectural Associate” »

Say ‘Hello’ to the Axis Interns, Designers of the Future

This summer, interns Lily Jackson, Alvin Laguerre, and Grace Bartko brought new perspectives to Axis, as well as a passion for high design. Over the course of the summer, this talented trio has worked on office and auditorium renovations, door schedules, multi-family projects, the new Family Resource Center for VIPS Indiana, the elephant walk at the Indianapolis Zoo, the Harrison Center, and Options Charter School. It’s been an honor to have Lily, Alvin, and Grace intern for us, and while we will miss their energy and creativity, we wish them the best as they had back to school. Continue reading “Say ‘Hello’ to the Axis Interns, Designers of the Future” »

Axis receives four awards at Design Excellence Awards Gala

On Thursday, 250 design leaders gathered at the Indiana State Museum for the AIA Indianapolis Design Excellence Awards Gala. The bi-annual event showcases the impact architects and designers have on the way people experience cities, neighborhoods, streetscapes, and natural environments. It was an honor to share the evening with our colleagues, and an honor to receive four awards. Continue reading “Axis receives four awards at Design Excellence Awards Gala” »

Grassroots 2019: Takeaways, Talking Points, and What it Means to be a Citizen Architect

Earlier this spring, Axis’ Ashley Thornberry traveled to Washington, D.C. for Grassroots. The annual conference brings together architects and chapter leaders from across the country and helps them become better civic leaders. The conference included workshops, panel discussions, and a trip to Capitol Hill to advocate for safer schools and energy efficiency. In this Q&A, Ashley shares her takeaways, talks about the importance of advocacy, and explains the term “citizen architect.” Continue reading “Grassroots 2019: Takeaways, Talking Points, and What it Means to be a Citizen Architect” »

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