Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Project Owner: Salem Academy & College
Designer: Lambert Architecture + Interiors
Salem Academy and College, founded by Moravian settlers in 1772, is proud of its history. Adapting a historic campus to the needs of a 21st century student population, however, has its challenges. Unlike many colleges, Salem did not have one central place for students to gather for recreation and meetings. Largely because of the constraints of being a historic, land-locked campus, Salem had not constructed a new building for three decades until Blum Construction began work on a new Student Center in 2013.
The Student Center’s location on a tight site, between the dining hall and gymnasium facilities, required detailed planning to keep students, staff, and faculty safe in a high-traffic area. The design by Lambert Architecture + Interiors includes classic Moravian architectural details combined with an open, modern floor plan.
Completed in the summer of 2014, the 15,000-square-foot building features a café, bookstore, theater, student lounge, and meeting rooms. It has received regional and national recognition for its innovative design features and has received LEED® (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) Silver Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).