To keep their Sciences and Nursing programs competitive and cutting edge, Roberts Wesleyan College hired SWBR to design a new building and renovate the existing Smith Science Center to accommodate the new technologies and teaching methodologies the programs needed.
The new 2-story building is 44,000sf of high tech, high concept spaces that facilitate hands-on teaching, housing classrooms and auxiliary spaces, along with two state-the-art teaching labs: the Simulation Center, which provides real-time scenario-based nursing experiences; and the Practice Lab, a 12-bed, fully-equipped “hospital” with two private practice rooms and center classroom. Auxiliary spaces include a greenhouse, cold room for experiments, research labs, collaboration spaces, and a Home Health nursing simulation ‘apartment’. The building also has a student commons and study spaces.
The Crothers Science & Nursing Center is a signature building for Roberts Wesleyan College, elevating the institution to a new level of excellence, according to President, Deana Porterfield. “SWBR captured and designed an innovative academic environment that will enable the College to educate and attract future leaders in the health, science and technology industries.”
In Rochester’s historic Susan B. Anthony neighborhood, the old 5-story Cunningham Carriage Factory sat vacant and on the verge of collapse. But DePaul saw the structure as an opportunity to create much needed affordable, supportive housing for the neighborhood, and brought in SWBR to spearhead the adaptive reuse project.
Extensive exterior work included repairing all the masonry and replacing all the windows with historically correct wood windows. An old loading dock was removed to create the main entrance, and a boarded up skylight was removed and replaced with energy efficient curtain wall glazing. Inside, structural repairs were made to the timber frames, building systems replaced, and new elevators installed. Original materials were salvaged and repurposed whenever possible.
The once vital factory is now home to a vibrant community, with 71 affordable studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments. Laundry facilities, a community room, computer room, secure storage and off-street parking to complete the amenities. “We are so proud to be part of the revitalization of this community,” said DePaul president Mark Fuller.
“This is an example of progress and partnership in action.”
AIA NYS Excelsior Award for Public Architecture
Affordable Housing Finance Reader’s Choice Award for Historic Rehabilitation
Landmark Society Historic Preservation – Barber Conable Award
NAIOP Award of Excellence
New York State Historic Preservation Project Achievement Award
Novgoradac Tax Credit Historic Rehabilitation Awards
Rochester Regional Community Design Center
J. Timothy Anderson Awards for Excellence in Historic Preservation