Smith Warehouse
+ Duke Smith Warehouse

For use by a variety of student-focused groups, LAMBERT softened and organized the spaces in this 90,000 SF historic warehouse, and created an interesting but methodical system of wayfinding. Programmatically diverse groups were arranged along a sinuous wall that parallels primary circulation on the first floor while incorporating industrial-feeling materials sympathetic to the space. Distinct, bright colors were used to denote each major bay of the building, figuring into signage and wayfinding. 

Entry The main entry is located in the approximate center of the building.

Orientation A sinuous curved wall provides definition and orientation in this long footprint. Industrial-themed materials and lighting are incorporated in the design of this element.

Career Services The Career Services Center has a large waiting area at its center.

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Career Center.jpg

Career Services The 2nd floor spaces are tall enough to allow mezzanines. In the Career Services Center, these areas accommodate small interview rooms above and larger ones below. New stairs reflect the warehouse theme. Recycled timbers were incorporated into the design.

Lounge Space Reflective of many of the student-centered groups that occupy the space, this scholarship organization includes an open lounge adjacent to a seminar room and staff offices. Accent carpets are used to create “area rugs.”

A common-use kitchen was designed to allow use by student groups. This incorporates high end residential grade appliances and is used for potluck gatherings as well as on-site prepared meals. Islands were constructed from reclaimed timber from the building renovation. Industrial themed materials were used for countertops and backsplash.

Wi-Fi Connectivity An open lounge area was incorporated in the “Business Center” area adjacent to the main entry and Café. Electrical outlets and wireless IT services are provided throughout the building.