Hall Place

Hall Place is an urban mixed-use block at the southwest corner of 18th Street and Illinois Street in Indianapolis, providing housing opportunities within the rapidly developing IU Health District. Taking the place of an existing surface parking lot, this project for Arrow Street Development consists of 279 apartment units along Hall Place facing west, and a small amount of retail space at the ground level. Three stories of structured parking occupy the base behind the façade, and there is a 4th level resident amenity terrace wrapped on three sides by the apartment tower.

The exterior design that is timeless, ordered, and traditional in character, detail, and massing. Masonry runs full height from the ground to the parapet, with architectural detailing breaking down the scale in regular bays across three distinct but thematically related facades.

It is to be located across the street from “Wesley Place”, another Arrow Street project designed by CSO. Together these projects will contribute to an enhanced vitality in this rapidly changing area.

Pure Development Headquarters

The Pure Development Headquarters project has been designed to provide this very dynamic, design-oriented development partner with office space that would be reflective of their very modern design philosophy and their highly collaborative business approach. Their new midtown Carmel, Indiana headquarters embraces a new, post-pandemic model for workplace design, which supports concentrative modes of work, interactive/social modes of work, and a variety of collaboration and meeting functions to be outfitted with state-of-the art IT & AV capabilities. The building’s architectural expression shall utilize a very distinctive and modern palette of warm, natural stone and wood finishes, brought together with steel and glass and very straightforward, thoughtful detailing. Construction is expected to begin in the fall of 2022.

Silver Creek High School

Originally built in 1967 with subsequent smaller additions in the following decades, much of the building remained in its original state. While school pride and nostalgia is strong throughout the community, the building had fallen far behind the needs today’s learners.

Through an intense programming process, CSO was able to get to know the culture of the school, determine the current needs of teachers and students, and create an opportunity for the administration to dream about the future. The final solution adds much needed space for new classrooms, expanded performing arts, and a new auditorium. The new academic addition is situated across the front of the existing high school, creating a new front door and updated image for the community. The new ‘heart’ of the building is a two story ‘Student Union’ where students can spend time before, during, and after school, with learning resources and breakout spaces all around. Collaborative flex spaces and study rooms were located throughout the building to accommodate new learning styles and small group engagement. Capitalizing on a desire to expand elective course offerings, new specialty areas were added to accommodate TV/Radio, Project Lead the Way (PLTW), Culinary Arts, Entrepreneurship, and Art programs. CSO created a unique sense of place throughout the interior with touches of orange and blue ensuring there would no question you were at Silver Creek High School.

Throughout this project there was emphasis on making sure ‘we do things the right way’, while maintaining a focus on budget and the many other needs beyond the High School building. CSO is humbled to be chosen to help steward SCSC through this process and provide a truly transformational project for this community that will impact students for decades to come.

Carr Workplaces – Embarcadero

The design of Carr Workplaces Embarcadero embraces the rich architectural history found in San Francisco. Extracting design and color inspiration from the city’s Mission Dolores and its famed Painted Ladies, the design is vibrant but warm and features unique installations directly inspired by these architectural gems. It’s varied and colorful design welcomes people of all ages to work together, eat together, and relax together.

IU Health New Downtown Hospital

CSO is a member of the project leadership team for IU Health’s new downtown hospital, which will bring a next-generation acute-care adult hospital to Indiana. CSO along with BSA and RATIO formed a joint venture, CURIS Design, to blend architectural design, healthcare planning and project management expertise into a single entity focused on delivering exceptional quality in healthcare design. CSO is leading the project management effort, overseeing a large, diverse project team for this complex project. As construction on the hospital moves forward over the course of several years, we invite you to follow its progress here.

The Collegiate at Lincoln

The upscale, 313-unit, 799-bed community will offer a mix of fully-furnished 1,2,3,4, and 5-bedroom apartments. It will feature luxury amenities, including a clubhouse with a large community kitchen, game and study lounges, an entertainment & media area, plus an extensive exterior courtyard & pool deck with grilling stations, tables, lounge areas and fire pits.

The first floor of the building will promote a walkable, vibrant, human scale, pedestrian-oriented streetscape with detailed paving patterns, canopies, and street trees, enlivened with 10,000 square feet of leasable retail space and leasing offices.

The exterior design of the structure was developed with materials and punched window openings to compliment the adjacent Haymarket District, while also expressing the diversity of the modern residential living unit types within. The varying offsets in the building’s façade planes and heights serve to effectively break up the mass of the building to create a more vertical emphasis and more pleasing proportions for the large structure.
The palette of exterior finish materials will also compliment the historic neighborhood while expressing its current time. The top of the building contributes to the skyline of downtown Lincoln with a distinctive, yet restrained modern interpretation of the historic cornices found in the adjacent Haymarket District.

Desert Storm and Desert Shield Memorial

The Desert Storm and Desert Shield Memorial is a new national monument that was approved by Congress and President Obama (HR 503) June 2014 to be built in Washington DC.  The National Desert Storm and Desert Shield War Memorial Act authorized the National Desert Storm Memorial Association, a 501(c)3 organization, to establish a commemorative work on federal land in the District of Columbia to commemorate and honor those who, as members of the Armed Forces, served on active duty in support of Operation Desert Storm or Operation Desert Shield. The Association has been led by a dedicated group of veterans from most branches of the military since 2011. In March of 2017, President Trump signed legislation authorizing the memorial’s construction to be within Area I. Then, in June of 2018, the site at 23rd & Constitution was approved by the Commission of Fine Arts and the National Capital Planning Commission, placing the memorial in very close proximity to the Lincoln Memorial and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

CSO has been an official partner of the project since its beginnings in 2012, preparing the first conceptual design for the project, working pro bono from 2012 to 2016. CSO is honored to have remained involved in the project throughout the subsequent site selection and concept design phases, due to our ongoing dedication and commitment to this historically important project.

Stay tuned to see how the design evolves!

Hotel Nickel Plate

The new Hotel Nickel Plate brings a high-end, boutique hotel experience to downtown Fisher’s Nickel Plate District. Hotel Nickel Plate will include 116 rooms, with a full-service restaurant on the first floor and access to the Nickel Plate Trail – formerly the site of the Nickel Plate Railroad. The hotel’s design draws inspiration from the historic railroad and features black brick with limestone accents. The 5-story hotel will be part of the Tapestry Collection by Hilton, which combines a boutique hotel experience with the reliability of the Hilton brand.

Velocity 65 Building 3

CSO’s design for the first three speculative buildings incorporates angled, perforated cladding to create a sculptural entry façade. Velocity 65 Building 3 is a 711,975 square foot speculative distribution facility with modern logistics and warehouse technologies. The facility features a 40’ clear height, 71 docks, 2 drive-in doors, and a 55’ x 50’ typical bay size.

CSO also designed Building 1, a 721,050 square foot distribution facility and Building 2, an approximately 908,000 square foot distribution facility.

Homestead High School

Over the last several years the administration at Southwest Allen County Schools (SACS) began to dream about making major changes at Homestead High School (HHS). Primarily a single story building, students struggled to travel from one side to another during passing periods and there were few spaces able to facilitate informal student interactions or collaborative group work.

CSO was brought on board with local architect MKM and educational consultant Brain Spaces to begin programming and planning for the future Homestead. Extensive meetings with students, staff, parents, and community members quickly revealed immense support for changes at the high school and a desire for the building to better represent and support the students who walked its hallways. The design team collaborated to maximize the amount of new space to be constructed while leveraging portions of the existing facility to reach the desired program requirements.

The resultant design will include a new two story academic wing, large student commons, 3,000 seat completion gym, and 990 seat performing arts center. Nearly 400,000 sf will be added on to the existing high school before razing roughly 350,000 sf of existing structure. The remaining 300,000 sf will be extensively renovated ensure the ‘new’ building has the same look, feel, and function throughout.

Completing a project of this scale while keeping the existing building operational during construction will be a complex task requiring continued coordination between SACS, HHS, the design team, and the construction manager. The phased addition, renovation, and demolition is set to occur from July 2020 through December 2024. Once complete Homestead High School will finally have space to educate students for generations to come.