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Designing the Dewitt Center

This article was originally posted on Mohawk Group's Off the Floor blog. For the full article and more great posts from the site, click here. 

The Dewitt Center is a focal point of Madison Park, a community in the Roxbury neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts. The Center is a place for people of all ages to connect, play, learn, celebrate and strengthen their community.

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Silverman Trykowski Associates was invited to design the interiors of the new Dewitt Center, designed by Stull and Lee Architects.

The goal was to create a space that reflected and celebrated the vibrancy and culture of the community, while engaging and appealing to people of a wide range of ages, from children, to teens to adults. The rich color palette of grays, blues, green and orange is at once playful, sophisticated, and timeless, and became an inspiration for an integrated community art program.

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While the image and aesthetic of the space were key drivers of the design, the maintenance of the space was also a very important consideration. The Dewitt Center has hundreds of visitors a day, and the products specified had to perform.

With a diverse and unique color goal, balanced with a need for high performance, the STA team proposed Mohawk Group’s Metal as the perfect hard surface flooring solution. They were initially drawn to Metal’s large format plank, using it in an ashlar layout to recall the architecture’s recurring theme of shifting horizontal planes and lines. The large format is also a great complement to the scale of the main double height entry and the wide circulation paths throughout the building.

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With its rich texture and a hint of metallic, the material pattern of the Metals series is uniquely beautiful. The options for color accent allowed them to enliven the space with elements of the vibrant palette in a fun yet sophisticated way. Blue accents give texture and rhythm to the circulation path, recalling the Center’s welcoming blue archway at the entry. The pattern is a bold statement, and people love it!

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The embedded acoustic layer helped with sound reduction in this large and active double height volume, dampening the sound of hundreds of footsteps. Months after the center has opened, with daily high traffic, the flooring looks fantastic and is wearing incredibly well.

The shifting planes and pops of color concepts were carried into the office areas, with the coordinating Metalmorphic series, part of the Iconic Earth collection. Hyper Earth was integrated into the pattern to provide the blue accent.

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Get the look! Here’s a list of the Mohawk Group products used in this project:

Hyper Earth 
985 Blue Sapphire

983 Clean Slate Metallic

525 Freshwater Blue
585 Blue Steel
859 On The Line
959 So Fetch

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