On June 23 the Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville, Arkansas broke ground on a $23 million expansion and renovation designed by Boora Architects in conjunction with PSW. The renovation will transform the atrium and studio theater lobbies into dynamic donor reception spaces. Mayer/Reed designed building signage and donor recognition to be integral with the variety of interior and exterior materials and finishes found throughout the building. Supported by a strong donor base, the WAC has served as the cultural center for the region since 1992.
Mayer/Reed was one of three finalists who submitted designs for the countdown clock recently installed in Pioneer Courthouse Square as the promotional centerpiece for the 2016 IAAF World Indoor Track & Field Championships, March 17-20, 2016. Our concept combined art, technology and craft as an expression of Portland, the world-class event and celebration.
The digital display used for the countdown clock is vertically oriented in a dramatic waterfall configuration, embedded in an internally-illuminated, translucent conical form, emblematic of Mt. Hood and re-imagined as a veil of watery lightness supported by a javelin shaped wooden mast. Led by Mayer/Reed, the design was a collaboration with Nancy Cheng, associate professor of architecture at the University of Oregon, whose work with digital fabrication processes to generate screens for filtering light inspired the design of the translucent cladding.