Lincoln Community Foundation

Lincoln Community Foundation

Lincoln Community Foundation

Sinclair Hille Architects was commissioned to renovate this 1964 modernist-style building, including a new design to make the first floor more appealing and inviting to clients. The building was generally dated, institutional, cold and disorganized in layout due to years of tenant leasing turnover. Sinclair Hille Architects were asked to provide aesthetic warmth to the building and to bring organization to the various tenant spaces which were scattered throughout the building, typically adapted into prior tenant layouts.

To provide an open, visual connection through the first floor lobby, an existing workroom obstructing the primary axial view of the adjacent Foundation Gardens was relocated. A new benefactor wall, incorporating glass, aluminum, and black granite, was integrated into the design to replace the traditional brass donor wall.

The five-story building includes over 47,000 s.f. of office and community space. Floors one through four of the building are completely used for tenant leasing. The fifth floor is used for small-tenant leasing, with the majority of the space used as a community conference center. The basement is used for the mechanical room as well as some area for tenant storage.


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I enjoyed working with SHA on the Canopy Street Project.  It was a very complex project which required both large scale design thought as well as a focus on small details. Their professionalism impressed me as well as all of the other clients in the project from restaurants, to hotel operations through condo buyers, SHA continued to move the project forward and solve problems with all in mind.  As a licensed architect myself I really appreciated their willingness to partner with me and listen to my design ideas while improving the direction time and time again. Quite simply, Canopy Street would not have been nearly as successful without SHA’s talented staff.

Brett West