DC25: We ♥ Fort Wayne

Downtown Fort Wayne is thriving and growing more each and every year. We’re proud to play a small role in this growth, and be located in the heart of a city where momentum like this is not only possible, but encouraged.

We Love What We Do, and We Love Where We Work


We love Fort Wayne, and there’s no better place to be than downtown. We’re proud to be a small part of the momentum and energy that has taken over Fort Wayne and downtown in the last 25 years.

 

 

We’ve Always Been Downtown, and We Always Will Be


When Design Collaborative first opened its doors in 1992, a conscious decision was made to locate downtown. We were on The Landing before it was “cool” because we knew that big things were possible downtown. When we outgrew that space, we had another discussion about whether to stay downtown or move to the suburbs. Again, the choice was clear and we reaffirmed DC’s commitment to downtown, and the office moved to Barr Street. In 2007, we outgrew that location and moved to our current office in the First Source Bank Building across from Freimann Square. Most recently, we’ve expanded to use all of our building’s sixth floor. Our commitment to downtown isn’t something we need to revisit or question anymore – it’s part of the fabric of DC.
 
Since our inception, we’ve been heavily involved in many projects in downtown Fort Wayne. Here’s a list of some of the many projects we’ve designed:
  • Lincoln Financial Childcare Center (this stood where Parkview Field now exists), along with other renovations and additions to Lincoln Financial’s offices
  • The Lincoln Museum that was housed inside what is now Citizens Square

  • The renovation of the Rousseau Center, where City and County employees were combined into one building
  • CityScape Flats residential development on the west side of Parkview Field
  • The Harrison mixed-use residential development on the north side of Parkview Field
  • The 400 Club and The Summit beyond center field in Parkview Field

  • Skyline Park, the largest green roof in Indiana, located on the sixth floor of Ash Skyline Plaza
  • The Auer Arts Center renovation and ArtsLab Black Box Theatre at the Arts United campus
  • Skyline Tower, adjacent to the Ash Skyline Plaza, currently under construction
  • Member of the Riverworks Design Team developing Phase I of the Riverfront Development
  • University of Saint Francis Downtown Campus, a historic preservation and renovation of what was once the Scottish Rite Auditorium and Fort Wayne Women’s Club

  • Member of the team designing Electric Works at the former GE Campus
  • Developed the conceptual design of STEAM Park, proposed for development on the OmniSource property on Clinton Street
  • Member of the design team for the Downtown Event Center

While we are proud of each of these projects and more, we’re most proud of the growth of our city. Downtown Fort Wayne is thriving and growing more each and every year. We’re proud to play a small role in this growth, and be located in the heart of a city where momentum like this is not only possible, but encouraged. Whether it’s a DC project or not, we’re always excited to see new, unique development downtown. Fort Wayne is our home. Let’s keep growing together.