THE WHEELER SCHOOL,
NULMAN LEWIS STUDENT CENTER
The Wheeler School serves a 1,000-student population, grades Pre-K–12. ABA completed a campus master plan, identifying underutilized spaces for construction on the bounded urban campus, and subsequently designed multiple academic buildings, including the award-winning Nulman Lewis Student Center that links two historic structures and now serves as the campus gateway. The center includes a café, classrooms, and collaborative spaces for learning and gathering. ABA also designed The Wheeler School’s new Gilder Center for the Arts, accommodating assemblies, music performances, practice spaces, and classrooms. The Gilder Center connects to historic Wheeler Hall, which houses a renovated black box theatre and fine arts studios.
The Nulman Lewis Student Center received an AIA New England Special Citation for Design Excellence, a BSA Honor Award for Design Excellence, and a BSA Education Facilities Design Award.
Location: Providence, Rhode Island
Project Size: 10,000 sf
Sustainability: Features include insulated, Low-E glass window units with fritting; green roof for rainwater absorption and interior cooling; energy-efficient skylights; and daylight-harvesting lighting software that reduces use of artificial light.
Project Team: Thomas Hotaling AIA, Steven Gerrard AIA, Jason Bowers AIA, Lindsey MacDonald (ABA); Agostini / Bacon (Contractor); Ramsey Loqa, P.E. (Code / FP); Gaskell Associates (Electrical); Odeh Engineering (Structural); Acentech (Acoustics); Geisser Engineer (Civil); Pressley Associates (Landscape); Sladen Feinstein Integrated Lighting (Lighting); Simpson Gumpertz & Heger (Envelope Review); ArchWorks (Exterior Tech Detailing); Queastor Group LLC (Cost); Crabtree McGrath Associates (Food Service); Wil-Spec (Specifications)