Designing The Dewitt Center – A Place to Celebrate Community
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.
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.
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 we 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! We were initially drawn to Metal’s large format plank, using it in an ashlar layout to recall the architecture’s recurring them 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.
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 us 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!
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.
Get the look! Here’s a list of the Mohawk Group products used in this project:
985 Blue Sapphire
983 Clean Slate Metallic
525 Freshwater Blue
585 Blue Steel
859 On The Line
959 So Fetch
FELICE SILVERMAN, FIIDA
Felice Silverman, FIIDA is a Principal at Silverman Trykowski Associates, Inc. in Boston, Massachusetts. She served as President of the International Interior Design Association from 2013-2014, and served on IIDA’s International Board of Directors from 2009-2016. Felice has been practicing interior design for the past twenty-five years, with a focus on the design of interior spaces for workplace, education, children, healthcare, and fitness.
Felice is NCIDQ certified, and was the 2006-2007 President of the IIDA New England Chapter. She served on the Boston Architectural College’s Board of Trustees from 2009-2012 and 2016-2018, as an Overseer from 2012-2016, and was the Chair of the BAC’s Interior Design Advisory Board and Student Development Committee. Felice is the Past President of the Interior Design Continuing Education Council (IDCEC), and has served as a member of the Massachusetts Interior Design Coalition Advisory Council. She has been an educator and guest critic at many colleges, and has served on numerous competition juries nationally.
Felice is the Co-Chair of the Boston Society of Architects Women in Design Award of Excellence, and a member of the Design Museum Foundation’s Center for Workplace Innovation Think Tank.
Felice was elected to the IIDA College for Fellows in 2014, and is the recipient of a 2014 Design New England Mentors in Design (Middies) Award.
Ms. Silverman received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Harvard University in 1985, and her Master of Interior Design from the Boston Architectural College.