Adjacent to Market Square and the City Market in downtown Roanoke, VA, is a unique home for regional arts and cultural organizations known as Center in the Square. In 1980, this center of museums, galleries and performing venues was created to reenergize a depressed downtown area. After decades of use, the signature building needed a complete replacement of all outdated systems, as well as upgrades, in order to meet the demands of the 21st century.
Local architectural firm, Spectrum Design Architects/Engineers, was enlisted to complete the extensive renovation, which included a multi-level rooftop addition, butterfly habitat, technology garden with photovoltaic panels and a live 5,000-gallon coral reef aquarium. Large operable walls in the lobby were also designed to allow the building to extend into an adjacent plaza for larger events.