Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Renovation Completed on "Sophisticated Cottage."

Considering the unique scale of this house, which seems smaller than it really is, Rogers Krajnak Architects designed the renovations of this home in the spirit of a “sophisticated cottage”.   New hardwood floors, doors, and painted trim throughout the first floor of the home unified the previously incongruent spaces of the Kitchen, Living Room, Dining Room, and Family Room.  The Kitchen was upgraded with new quartz countertops and a new butcherblock topped island.  The Family Room was transformed with a new dormer that brings additional daylight into this space, and the warmth of a new brick wall.  New fixtures, wainscot, and tile in the expanded second floor Bathroom and new built-in cabinets and window seat in the Master Bedroom enhanced these private spaces.  The new paver driveway created a pedestrian scaled entrance and enhanced the curb appeal of the home.






Wednesday, May 17, 2017

RKA Welcomes Cara Berg

Cara is a recent graduate from the Knowlton School at The Ohio State University with a B.S. Architecture degree.  Through Knowlton’s study abroad programs, she had the opportunity to visit twelve different countries—including France, Denmark, and Cuba! Cara also plans to add more stamps to her passport.  She has been awarded a University Fellowship and will be returning this fall to the Knowlton studios to begin her Master of Architecture.  Outside the studio, Cara is likely to be found at your neighborhood coffee shop.


Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Lifeline of Ohio Donor Memorial

On National Blue and Green Day, Friday, April 21, 2017, (a day set aside to share the excitement and power of organ donation), the new Lifeline of Ohio Donor Memorial, designed by Rogers Krajnak Architects, will be unveiled.  The Donor Memorial is part of a project that included renovations to Lifeline of Ohio's 20,000 sq. ft. building, a new conference center addition, new parking, landscaping, and site work.  Inspired by the stories of how an organ donor’s “Gift of Life and Healing” has a “ripple effect” as one life saves eight lives, RKA designed the Donor Memorial with a series of ripples.  

Two fountains, representing the Donor and the Recipient provide the source of the ripples which become granite paver ripple rings that extend across the plaza through the garden and meet in the Remembrance Room.  Designed as an “embrace”, the Remembrance Room is a spiritual place where visitors are invited to pause and remember those that gave the “Gift of Life and Healing”.  One of the illuminated blue glass panels at the gateway of the Remembrance Room states “The ripple starts with one generous act that changes countless lives and creates endless possibilities.” This is a place where Donor Families and Recipients can meet.  

The eight wall planes in the Remembrance Room represent the eight lives that can be saved by the gifts of one Hero of Donation.  And it is on these wall planes that the NAMES of hundreds, and someday, thousands… of Heroes of Donation are prominently and permanently displayed in stainless steel panels.  

As visitors approach these stainless-steel Donor Name Panels, they experience the reflection of their presence as they walk up to view the names.  As they reach out to touch the names, they realize that the letters are the holes in the stainless-steel panels through which the light passes. The names, made of light, are the brightest elements in the Donor Memorial.






Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Josh Gabbard joins RKA

We are pleased to announce that Josh Gabbard has joined Rogers Krajnak Architects as Design Staff.  Josh recently earned his Bachelor’s degree in Architecture and a minor in Art and Architecture History from Miami University.  As part of the MU Habitat Studio, he was part of a team that designed several structures for the Al Za’atari refugee camp in Jordan and he plans to visit the camp later this spring.  He was awarded a Lyceum travel Fellowship and will utilize this to visit Germany.  In his spare time, Josh enjoys visiting local record shops, seeking out live music, or reading a good book.


Tuesday, March 21, 2017

OSU Browning Amphitheater Restoration

Construction on the Browning Amphitheater Restoration will begin this Spring. The Browning Amphitheater is located in the heart of The Ohio State University campus, adjacent to Mirror Lake and the South Oval. The amphitheater was originally completed in 1926 to provide a venue for outdoor drama performances, particularly the works of Shakespeare. Over the years the venerable amphitheater has also been used for musical performances, speakers/lectures, and as a study space for students.
The stone seating, steps, walls, walkways, and the electrical system have fallen into disrepair over the years. Rogers Krajnak Architects is collaborating with a design team led by the planning and landscape architecture firm EDGE to complete the required repair and restoration work. The historic integrity of the amphitheater will be protected and maintained as part of the restoration effort.