Fort Wayne Architecture

Bringing Visions To Life
Jul 8, 2022
Tim Brumbeloe, Tom Galliher, Brad Feinknopf

Fort Wayne, Indiana is home to a variety of historic, public and private buildings designed by some of the greatest minds of the twentieth century. The Concordia Theological Seminary by Eero Saarinen, homes by Michael Graves and Frank Lloyd Wright, the Arts United Center by Louis Kahn and the Lincoln Bank Tower by A.M. Strauss are among the list of beautifully designed and constructed establishments that uphold the area’s historic character. Continuing this legacy today, we asked four local architecture firms to share some of the innovative work they are doing for northeast Indiana and surrounding areas.

Bona Vita Architecture – Goshen Health Patient Pavilion
Photography  |  Tim Brumbeloe

The new Patient Pavilion at Goshen Hospital is the culmination of a two-decade-long master planning process, including the implementation of a new cancer center, surgical department, intensive care unit and emergency department, along with various other facility modifications.

This project replaces a 1954 wing of the facility with a state-of-the-art 110,000 square foot, four-story patient bed tower, allowing the entire hospital to have private rooms. The tower project also includes a new cafeteria, coffee shop, kitchen, board room, community rooms, administrative offices and a new loading dock.

Key planning concepts included a goal of making 30% of all private rooms Airborne Infection Isolation rooms. In the event of another pandemic, patients with communicable diseases can be treated safely without being quarantined in a separate unit.

The design also includes personal protective equipment (PPE) outside each patient room for the caregiver’s use. Other features include digital messaging outside of each room to warn of fall risks, as well as a digital smart board in each room to inform the patient who is entering or exiting the space. Televisions for both the patient and family members allow for viewing separate programs without disturbing one another.

The construction cost of the Patient Pavilion was $54 million
and the total project cost was $82 million. Bona Vita Architecture provided architectural design, interior design, furniture planning and medical equipment planning. The tower opened in April of 2022. Renovations continue within the existing facility to match the new tower finishes and design.


Design Collaborative – St. Rita’s Graduate Medical Education Center
Photography  |  Tom Galliher

St. Rita’s Graduate Medical Education Center (GME), located in Lima, Ohio was designed to serve medical students during their residency as a space to learn and study. Each space was designed to precisely mimic the clinical environments in an actual hospital with equipment and materials that would be used in real-world scenarios. Also integrated into the design was a variety of study spaces, uniquely designed based on their nearness to different areas such as the simulation suite, auditorium and library. Several design and construction decisions for St. Rita’s GME were based on the metaphor of a threshold. This represents the origin of future doctors who will use this space, learning and developing their skills to positively impact the region. It speaks to a new threshold of health, education and livelihood for both the students and the people who live nearby. The building’s ultimate purpose is to usher in the next generation of doctors and shift Lima, Ohio into a destination location for medical education and an excellent health system. St. Rita’s GME sits on the corner of two main streets downtown with large windows to let in natural light and create a bright, airy environment inside that is reminiscent of the outdoors. The space includes flex conference rooms, an auditorium, a library, a computer lab, study labs, simulation suites, open offices and a third level that serves as future growth space for the ever-changing nature of medicine.


Elevatus Architecture – Amp Lab at Electric Works
Photography  |  Provided

Fort Wayne Community Schools (FWCS) desired to be a part of the Electric Works Innovation District project, the restoration and reimagination of one of Fort Wayne’s historic manufacturing facilities. By integrating key district project-based learning programs, FWCS wanted to capitalize on opportunities to have students and faculty work side-by-side with area innovators, corporate leaders, and institutional backers. 

As the lead architecture firm for the Electric Works Innovation District, Elevatus Architecture collaborated with FWCS to design a space for a 400-student, high school-based program focused on recruiting and developing professional skills in the region. Current programs, including urban agriculture, digital music and audio production, computer graphics and animation, and entrepreneurship, establish a key educational component within the Electric Works Innovation District.   

The facility houses large lab spaces for each program, supporting breakout and small group work rooms, an active learning street for student work and display, abundant technology, and support spaces for faculty and staff. Additionally, some key specialty components include an urban farming/science lab, grow room/greenhouse and multiple audio recording labs, supporting live-music recording to podcast development. 

This innovative facility will be the first of its kind in the county and will open in time for the 2022-2023 school year. It is determined to become a magnet/open-enrollment school for the region.


MSKTD & Associates, Inc. – Purdue University, Agricultural and Biological Engineering (ABE) Building
Photography  |  Brad Feinknopf, Feinknopf Photography

MSKTD & Associates, Inc was honored to be selected as the architect and engineer of record for the new $67.4 million, 5-story addition and existing building renovation for the Agricultural and Biological Engineering (ABE) program on Purdue University’s campus. Purdue’s ABE program is highly ranked and often rated as the top ABE program in the nation. Although MSKTD has led the design of several prominent projects for Purdue, the ABE project was special to MSKTD’s academic and higher education design team. It was our first significant building renovation with a new major academic addition on the West Lafayette campus.

Consolidating spaces from multiple buildings on campus, the ABE building addition includes a basement with five stories, plus major renovations to the existing 1928/1940 building. Similar to the ABE functional program, the new open and light-filled building supports a very diverse set of functions, including small- and large-scale research and teaching labs to support large-scale equipment, as well as classrooms, collaboration spaces and office functions to support faculty, staff and students. 

As a catalyst for growth and discovery, ABE’s building opened to faculty and students in the spring of 2021 and provides Purdue’s nationally recognized program with enhanced working, learning and research environments.


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