Cripe Design, Architect of Record, in collaboration with Moody Nolan, Indianapolis, Indiana, developed the 68,200 square feet Lerner Project that included the expansion, renovation and restoration of the historic 1924 Theatre. The north Addition includes expanded lobby, handicapped accessible ramp to the Auditorium, new restrooms, offices, Green room, elevators, loading dock, 6,000 square feet Crystal Ballroom (see dedicated web page) , catering kitchen, grand stair, second floor lobby space, exterior balcony, new Basement dressing rooms, storage rooms and large rehearsal space. The Addition façade is designed to compliment and blend with the restored historic façade. The existing Theatre restoration includes the façade, existing Theatre Lobby, access stairs, second floor Lounge and entire 1,700 seat Auditorium and Balcony. Renovations consisted of expanded Lobbies, new restrooms, concession space, Auditorium vestibule, new projection booth, stagehouse, a complete state of the art technology & sound systems upgrade for the Auditorium and Stagehouse, new stage pit lift, and new Basement dressing rooms, and rehearsal/practice rooms for a resident Theatre group. The project has been nominated for several State and National historic restoration awards.
An exquisitely designed new 6,000 square feet grand Ballroom was added to a fully restored Historic 1924 Theatre in downtown Elkhart, IN. The flexible multi-functional space can accommodate a variety of venues. The Ballroom is equipped with state of the art video, conferencing and sound systems. Several types of computerized lighting systems provide a variety of options for creating the perfect mood. An attached exterior Balcony lends patrons a breath of fresh air or an exterior dining experience to add to the many options the Ballroom can support. An adjacent fully equipped catering kitchen compliments any occasion.
In 2006, the new 60,000 square feet Interra Credit Union, formerly known as the Farm Bureau Credit Union, opened for business. The exterior design mixes contemporary with interpretive, historic and conservative details to celebrate the past and future for the 75 year old Goshen, IN organization. The three-level building is complete with a 2-story sky-lit atrium that bisects the building into two equal parts and connects the two main entrances to an energized central public space. The award winning building is filled with rich detail, color, and Architectural creativity. The basement level's curved 2-story work space is filled with natural light from main level windows facing the two streets of the corner lot. The Architect provided a complete holistic design including all customized casework, interior finishes & detailing, furniture, artwork, interior plant selections, and Atrium banners. The brick masonry and limestone design received the "Best of Commercial" award from the Indiana/Kentucky Golden Trowel Awards.
Designed for a growing and progressive community, this 16,000 square feet contemporary library provides a functional layout, dynamic geometry, and great visual control from the custom designed, centrally located circulation desk. The natural light filled central atrium space with reading areas and a young adult mezzanine is covered by a 90 feet long by 20 feet wide barrel skylight providing filtered light into more than 70% of the library. The children's area is capped by a semi-circular skylight that partially wraps a central lighted glass block column. Cozy window seats and a custom designed table booth are only a few surprises for young readers.
In 1997 Daniel Cripe teamed, with a local builder, and entered a design competition to expand and improve a small Boys & Girls Club on a very hilly site. our Team successfully won that competition and expanded the existing 8,828 sf club to 30,383 sf. Again in 2014 our Team added two additions and remodeled most of the remainder of the Club to a total facility with over 60,000 sf to become one of the largest Boys & Girls Club in the nation. The latest Improvements include a large dining space to allow children living in poverty to experience family-like dining, an education center with a STEAM room, homework area, computer room, expanded and created separate Teen and Pre-Teen spaces. A secure check-in/check-out area was added to better manage the more than 300 children that attend the Club daily.
The Dunlap Branch of the Elkhart Public Library system is a third generation prototype. The Dunlap Branch offers a larger more efficient and functional layout than its predecessors. The 6,000 square feet single story library incorporates a 1,500 square feet mechanical/storage basement. High perimeter and corner windows infuse natural light deep into the stack areas and large central windows provide exterior views for reading areas. Exterior redwood siding is sealed in its natural beauty with subtle hints of color wrapping the building and highlighting the entrance. Careful selection of rich interior colors creates a comfortable library experience.
The new Recreation/Fitness Center is not only a place for sporting events and exercise, but has become the social center for Goshen College. The 85,000 square feet facility includes a multi-purpose gymnasium, partially suspended 1/8 mile indoor track, 6 lane lap/diving pool, 4 racquetball courts, cardiovascular/strength training room, sports training room, offices, physiology lab, 3 classrooms/aerobic room, public lounges/lobby and campus health center. This new facility has been featured on the cover of the "Metal Architecture" magazine.