Will Belcher, founding principal of GROUND CONTROL, will be speaking at the 2019 Pennsylvania/Delaware American Society of Landscape Architecture Conference in Pittsburgh, PA on April 13th. He and Yadan Luo will discuss how innovation and technology will transform existing modes of transportation and generate new ways of travel that will redefine the urban realm. Based on historical trends, the trajectory of technological innovation, and and accelerated transition to sustainable transport, places us at a transformation period in urban design and infrastructure.
Laura Kaehler, an award-winning architect from Greenwich, CT recently gave Mill River Park a glowing review in the Stamford Advocate. Read her full article by clicking the link above.
I am walking down an inviting and alluring tree-lined path that passes the Great Lawn and will eventually lead to the river’s edge. The design is similar to what was proposed in the Mill River Park and Greenway Master Plan, which for the past decade has served as a blueprint for what is undoubtedly one of Stamford’s most exciting, successful and promising projects — the birth and growth of an urban park that might be as important to the vitality of downtown Stamford as Central Park was to New York City more than 150 years ago.
Will designed and oversaw construction on Mill River Park while at OLIN
Will Belcher, founding principal of GROUND CONTROL, will be giving a talk at the Fay Jones School of Architecture on February 8th titled “Expoloration of Space”
Join Will on Friday November 16th at Virginia Tech for a discussion titled ‘In Search of a Sense of Place’
Cummins Indy Distribution Headquarters featured on Arch Daily
Cummins Indy Distribution Headquarters featured on Arch Daily. Click here to view the article.
Will was the lead designer and project manager for Cummins while at Land Collective
National Desert Storm Memorial awarded site on National Mall
The U.S. Commission of Fine Arts recently gave site selection approval for the National Desert Storm and Desert Shield Memorial in Washington D.C.. The site is located between the Lincoln Memorial and the Institute of Peace, adjacent to the future location of Vietnam Veterans Memorial Center.
OLIN integrated the memorial into the site, including a future Army Corp of Engineers levee that will reduce flooding in this area of the mall. The memorial is well integrated into cultural landscape of the National Mall allowing for informal recreation to take place on site while preserving long views. The design fosters strong connections to other memorials on the Mall and strengthens the procession of culturally significant spaces along Constitution Avenue towards the Potomac River.
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Plans for the Alderman Library developed by HBRA Architects and OLIN were presented to the UVA Board of Visitors last week. The design transforms a sunken windowless 1960's addition into a welcoming new entrance to the Library and a new gateway to the University along University Avenue. Click the here information for more information.
Work progresses on the Steven & Alexandra Cohen Ice Skating Center and Fountain at Mill River Park. The Center is set to open on July 1, 2018. Read more on the Stamford Advocate by clicking the image above.
The design for the J.B. Hunt Training and Technology Center provides employees and visitors a 21st Century work environment, transforming underutilized spaces outside the building into hubs of activity that provide staff and visitors comfortable places to work, dine and exercise outside. J.B. Hunt selected OLIN, in collaboration with Miller Boskus Lack Architects to transform this new part of the campus into a destination for outdoor activity. OLIN worked to understand the values of J.B. Hunt employees and ensure their ideas were represented in the design. OLIN’s plan for the space, divided into multiple outdoor rooms, responds to the rigid geometry of the building, while at the same time providing a variety of unique outdoor space for all to enjoy. The design utilizes allees of trees to create a senseless of enclosure and much needed shade.
The site design provides a subtle transition between parking space and work place by creating frames of planting and thresholds into the building. Seating made up of Arkansas Limestone in stone fines areas under bosques of shade trees create comfortable places for people and a landscape ecology reminiscent of the native Ozark Plateau of Northwest Arkansas. The design also provides employees and visitors with different opportunities to engage and gather. Stepped seating areas allow for large events in the Central Lawn while more intimate spaces encourage thoughtful work places outdoors. A play court provides opportunities for exercise which improves health and wellness. The site design incorporates outdoor WiFi and strategically placed power sources for convenient outdoor work opportunities.
Will is the Lead Designer and Project Manager for J.B. Hunt at OLIN.
Boston, MA – November 29, 2017 – The Stadium Drive Residence Halls, a 202,027-square-foot,
708-bed facility at the University of Arkansas, is the nation’s first large-scale mass timber residence
hall project and living learning setting. A design collaborative led by Leers Weinzapfel Associates
(Boston), Modus Studio (Fayetteville, AR), Mackey Mitchell Architects (St. Louis), and OLIN
(Philadelphia), created the project, now under construction. Crafted with a palette of timber, glass, and
metal, it is a bold demonstration of sustainability that signifies a path to potential economic
development for Arkansas’s burgeoning timber industry.
While most of the university’s campus is located atop Fayetteville’s McIlroy Hill, the new residence
halls occupy a prominent place at its base on the southern end of campus, marking the start of a
larger living learning district. The project’s linear 4-acre site slopes from north to south. Set within this
relatively small space, a housing group with a serpentine band of student rooms defines three
protected and distinctive courtyard spaces. Configured to create a dynamic environment that fosters
student collaboration and interactive learning focused on architecture, design, and the arts, the project
is shaped by the concept of “a cabin in the woods” nestled in a densely planted buffer zone that
provides a new university gateway.
The northern building includes a “front porch” that is the key entry point of the complex; the “cabin” at
the passage’s midpoint is the main gathering space, including a community kitchen, lounges, a quiet
hearth, and a rooftop terrace. The “workshops” of the lower courtyard comprise performance spaces,
music and recording studios, and “maker spaces” for creating and building. Rooms are arranged in
wings containing semi-suites for two students and pods for six to eight students. Large study rooms
with generous windows at the end of each wing create a series of “lanterns” along Stadium Drive.
Two-story lounges at the buildings’ inner corners provide spaces for community interaction between
the upper and lower floors as well as residential kitchens.
The warmth of the project’s exposed structural wood ceilings is present in student rooms, study
rooms, floor lounges, and ground-floor common spaces, and is enhanced by wood columns
throughout. The “cabin” also includes a wood ceiling and trusses that span the full width of the lounge
Exteriors feature a light metal jacket of zinc-toned siding with accent panels of textured copper-toned
and white siding that creates a floating band of living space above the natural landscape of trees,
lawns, terraces, and sitting steps. A showcase of Northwest Arkansas’s native ecology, the project’s landscape design provides a direct extension of the interior program, expanding available space and
creating a greater range of landscape experiences for the students. A ground-level passage winds
through the site, moving through courtyards and under the facility.
“The interwoven building and landscaped courtyards, terraces, and lawns; the beauty of timber
structure and spaces; and the excitement of performing arts and workshop facilities will make this
newest campus residential community a destination and a magnet,” says Andrea P. Leers, FAIA,
Principal, Leers Weinzapfel Associates.
"The combined talents of the Stadium Drive Residence Halls design collaborative make this landmark
project a vibrant learning environment for the University of Arkansas's creative student communities,”
says Peter MacKeith, Dean and Professor of Architecture, Fay Jones School of Architecture and
Design. “The design's innovative employment of mass timber construction demonstrates the
university's commitment to environmental sustainability and to the potentials of ‘value-added’
responsible economic development for the state's primary natural resource."
Expected completion for the project is fall 2019.
Will is the Lead Designer and Project Manager for The Stadium Drive Residence Halls at OLIN.
Pennovation wins AIA PHL Merit Award
University of Arkansas Residences to be Built out of Wood
The Stadium Drive Residential Hall Community was recently featured on Arkansas Online. Click the image above to read more about the integration of Advanced Timber Techonology into the project.
The Stadium Drive Residential Hall Community transforms what was a 5-acre parking lot into a vibrant new residence and outdoor living space for students and visitors to enjoy. The University of Arkansas selected OLIN, in collaboration with Leers Weinzapfel, Mackey Mitchell & Modus Studio, to transform this new part of the campus into a destination for student residential life. The site design integrates the new residential dorms into steep terrain while untangling access to a series of disconnected buildings, service areas, and the arena. The project utilizes the natural topography of the site to separate service areas from pedestrian gathering spaces which allows mechanical and utilities to be hidden out of view. The design provides a cohesive landscape typology that links the dorms to the central campus and emulates the landscape ecology of the native Ozark Plateau of Northwest Arkansas.
The site design intricately weaves sinuous pathways between existing stands of mature oak trees to provide much needed shade for the new residents to enjoy warmer months outdoors. Undulating landforms, rock outcroppings and drifts of native planting extend the vernacular of the Oak Ridge Trail down into the project area, creating comfortable places for people. Stormwater infiltration is carefully integrated into the grading and captures runoff from paved areas and buildings.
The design for new residential community provides a cascading series of outdoor spaces that provide students and visitors with different opportunities to engage and gather. Stepped seating areas allow for community events in the Central Plaza while more intimate spaces encourage thoughtful study outdoors. The site design incorporates outdoor WiFi and strategically placed power sources for convenient studying opportunities.
Will is the Lead Designer and Project Manager for the Stadium Drive Residence Halls at OLIN.
Client | The University of Arkansas
Design Architect | Leers Weinzapfel Associates
Interior Architect I Mackey Mitchell Associates
Architect of Record | MODUS Studio
Landscape Architecture & Urban Design | OLIN
Civil Engineering | DCI
Lighting Design | Randy Burkett
Green Roof Consultant | OMNI Ecosystems
Cummins Distribution HQ wins Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce Monumental Award
Will was the Lead Designer and Project Manager for Cummins Global Distribution Headquarters while at Land Collective
Cummins Global Distribution Headquarters featured on Dezeen
Will was the Lead Designer and Project Manager for Cummins Global Distribution Headquarters while at Land Collective
Will to Speak at Virginia Tech on September 8th
The Hills at Vallco shortlisted for World Architecture Festival Awards
The Hills at Vallco was nominated for World Architecture Festival Award in the Future Master Planning Category. The award finalists will present their projects to judges at the festival in Berlin, Germany on 15-17 November; winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on the last evening of the event. More information on the awards here.
Will is the Project Manager for the Hills at Vallco at OLIN.
Mill River Park revitalization spurs business at neighboring establishments
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Cummins Global Distribution HQ Featured in Architectural Record
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Will was the Lead Designer and Project Manager for Cummins Global Distribution HQ while at Land Collective.