Columbus Cultural Arts Center
Union Station Arch
In 1976 the Columbus Union Station, designed by Daniel Burnham, was torn down. By court order the demolition stopped. A group formed to preserve the history of the station including Bob Loversidge, FAIA of Schooley Caldwell.
Schooley Caldwell preserved the arch of the old station and moved it to a park in downtown Columbus. Not only did the group save the Arch, but later it formed the Columbus Landmarks Foundation, the local preservation advocacy group. Years later Schooley Caldwell moved the arch once again to McPherson Park.
The Upper Arlington Municipal Center
Upper Arlington, Ohio
The Upper Arlington Municipal Center is an excellent example of the flexibility and longevity of Schooley Caldwell's office building planning and design. Completed in 1972, this 44,000 SF city governmental center continues to provide a forum for civic and cultural activities.
Access by the community to a park-like environment was emphasized by the sophistication of site and landscape development. The design created an environment reflecting the highest standards of government commitment to the cultural aspects of community life. Flexibility for growth as well as change of emphasis in government services is provided.
Schooley Caldwell also prepared a space reintegration study in which we evaluated the projected needs for this municipal services center.
U.S. Consulate Office Building
The design challenge was to create, on a rather limited site, a significant-sized building to serve the needs of the growing Consulate. At the same time it was important to incorporate all current Department of State perimeter and building standards as an integral part of the design solution. A two-story bungalow (circa 1935) that had housed the senior judge during the British Colonial period already occupied the site. The history of the original bungalow along with the building’s rich ornamentation of the colonnade made preserving a portion appealing as a response to context. As a result, the design solution included preservation of the colonnade portion of the bungalow. Also, massing of the building responds to the neighborhood and all materials and methods of construction are indigenous to the area.
U.S. Postal Service ID/IQ
Various Locations Across Ohio
Schooley Caldwell Associates worked for the U. S. Postal Service on Indefinite Quantity Contracts at two different times. Over two dozen projects were completed during that timeframe and most of the work included mechanical upgrades, building renovation and repair projects, code analysis, energy audits and feasibility studies. SCA also designed an U.S. Air Mail Facility at Port Columbus Airport. The following is a listing of those specific projects:
Interior and Exterior Repairs• Minerva, Ohio Post Office• McConnellsville, Ohio Post Office
Energy Revisions• Akron, Ohio Post Office• Canton, Ohio Post Office• Toledo, Ohio Post Office• Cincinnati, Ohio Post Office (Annex A & B)• Mansfield, Ohio Post Office
Boiler Replacement• Nelsonville, Ohio Post Office
Paving Projects• Columbus, Ohio Post Office (Granite Paving Restoration)• Dayton, Ohio Post Office (Repair & Seal Asphalt Paving)• Springfield, Ohio (Improvements to Parking Lot)• Mansfield, Ohio (Repair & Seal Asphalt Paving)
Miscellaneous Repairs• New Lexington, Ohio Post Office• Urbana, Ohio Post Office• Circleville, Ohio Post Office• Dover, Ohio Post Office (Restoration)• Cleveland, Ohio Post Office• Bucyrus, Ohio Post Office
Renovation of Public and Service Lobbies• New Philadelphis, Ohio Post Office• Van Wert, Ohio Post Office (Also counter and doors)
A/C System• Bridgeport, Ohio Post Office (Replacement)• Marietta, Ohio Post Office (Installation & electrical service replacement)• Main Columbus, Ohio Post Office (Installation for PSDS & study of additional units)
Feasibility Study• Springfield, Ohio Post Office
Miscellaneous Projects• Bucyrus, Ohio Post Office (Investigation and study of sewer)• Marietta, Ohio Post Office (Window replacements)• Bridgeport, Ohio (Repairs to roof, chimney, and plaster)• Main Columbus Post Office, Ohio (Area remodeling)
Conventional Design• New U.S. Air Mail Facility, Columbus, Ohio (Bulk mail handling & branch post office)
Son of Heaven; Imperial Arts of China Exhibit
Central High School was completed in 1925 and is situated on a prominent site along the Scioto River in downtown Columbus. The school had been vacant since 1982 but in 1998, Schooley Caldwell adapted the historic building to be used as the temporary home of the Son of Heaven art exhibition detailing an invaluable collection of ancient Chinese artifacts.
The design was inspired by the legacy of traditional Chinese palace architecture. The layout, ornamentation and coloration were designed to evoke the aura of the Imperial life. Exhibition halls, orientation theatres, gift shops and a large restaurant were incorporated into the high school building with great care to keep the historical integrity of the building intact.
The exterior access ramp was accented with the use of a Chinese-inspired canopy. There was significant interior renovation and construction to create the thematic museum gallery space to immerse visitors into ancient Chinese culture. All new HVAC, lighting, security, smoke detection, as well as access for handicapped persons, an elevator, electrical system and air conditioning were integrated to make the space work well and be safe for the visitors of the exhibit. Strict temperature and humidity controls were required to protect the artifacts as well as the preservation of the building itself.
The community had been debating for years the removal or reuse of this historic structure. The exhibition provided the opportunity for the community to witness the flexibility of the historic school building. All design and construction work was accomplished within a tight six-month schedule and tight budget.