Looking back into the pages of history, it was over 38 years ago when Curt Moody initiated Moody and Associates in 1982. Approaching the end of its first year, Curt Moody joined hands with a successful engineering firm Howard E. Nolan & Associates and this was when Moody Nolan got established. With a commitment to the clients of curating spaces and ensuring that it performs, inspires, and above all, endures, Moody Nolan has set a benchmark with its 11 regional offices across the United States. Having maintained expertise in architecture, interior design, and experiential design, Moody Nolan today stands tall as a firm with a wide variety of projects ranging from branch libraries and regional facilities to public work at universities and hospitals throughout the country.
Here are the 15 most iconic works by Moody Nolan:
1. Martin Luther King Branch Library
Location: Columbus, Ohio
Size: 18,700 sq.ft.
The design of Martin Luther King Branch Library has been transformed from the Columbus Metropolitan Library Brand to a building with abundant natural light and transparency for vision. This newly designed library is not meant for a sole purpose, rather it has been thoughtfully crafted by giving a wide range of spaces at different levels of spatial organizations. It also serves as a community center, gathering space and also houses a changing art gallery dedicated to Columbus artist Aminah Robinson.
2. American Electric Power Transmission Building
Location: New Albany, Ohio
Size: 195,000 sq.ft
The transmission building was constructed to be the new corporate headquarters for the American Electric Power. After the detailed analysis of the drawbacks of the previous headquarters building, the team at Moody Nolan brainstormed and curated a masterpiece that houses in the suburb of Columbus, Ohio. The private offices and conference rooms were designed as the building core, the building was surrounded by exterior walls which provided sufficient daylight and views. The spaces were planned to be multi-functional concerning the requirement at hand. A four story atrium acts as space that visually connects all the floors and light louvers placed above allow the natural daylight to penetrate deep into the interior. Recreational spaces such as a café seating area, fitness center, and full-service dining are also provided.
3. Centurylink Technology Center of Excellence
Location: Monroe, Louisiana
Size: 300,000 sq.ft
The new technology center of excellence was designed as the main addition to the existing campus on a 77-acre pecan orchard in Monroe, Louisiana. The design provides ample space for people to collaborate and curate innovative products or services. The entire structure is divided into various departments, a 30,000 sq. ft data center, network operations center, office spaces, product demonstration area and also includes a cafeteria and dining facility to serve about 2000 employees. The pecan orchards, landscaped courtyards, and seating spaces create a comfortable microclimate.
4. Indiana University Northwest / IVY Tech Community College – Arts and Sciences Building
Location: Gary, Indiana
Size: 133,000 sq.ft
An amalgamation of two diverse academic cultures into a common environment with state of the art academic facilities is what the IVY Tech Community College – Arts and Science Building is now well-known for. The western façade of this building has been designed in a way to display the programs that they contain in the form of massing and rhythmic patterns. The building incorporates large interlocking masses that explain how the program elements relate to the campus as well as it’s community context. This building has also made its mark by receiving the LEED Silver Certification.
5. Ohio University College of Health Sciences- Integrated Education Center
Location: Dublin, Ohio
Size: 86,000 sq.ft
Moody Nolan and a local developer, The Daimler Group, designed a state-of-the-art medical education facility to serve the Master of Physician Assistant Practice and the upcoming healthcare programs of the Ohio University College of Health Sciences. The education center serves as a 130 seat auditorium, library, student lounge, classrooms, and two labs along with three simulation suites on the first floor. The second floor of this building provides multi-purpose spaces that can be scaled up or down depending upon the function and requirement. The design aims to provide its users with well-planned spaces and a functionally organized environment.
6. Ohio Health – Administrative Office Project
Location: Columbus, Ohio
Size: 270,000 sq.ft
Moody Nolan was given the project to design a new corporate office center for Ohio Health’s Administrative office which was to be placed in Columbus, Ohio. The key planning contained the idea to add four new buildings as well as incorporate a multi-storey parking lot. The ideology by Moody Nolan for the success of this project was to first analyze how large the portions must be to cater to the needs of all the employees. Phase one housed two buildings with a common center referred to as ‘the heart’ by Moody Nolan, and a skywalk that connected both the buildings through this. The entire administrative office has been planned with cutting edge amenities, a parking structure which connects directly to the skywalk with more than 1300 parking spaces and an office building accommodating 1630 employees comfortably within its two wings.
7. Hilton Hotels and Resorts – Hilton Downtown Columbus
Location- Columbus, Ohio
Size- 437,134 sq.ft
Moody Nolan served as an Associate Architect to HOK for designing the Hilton Columbus Downtown which is attached to the Columbus Convention Center. The ground floor consists of the hotel reception and concierge and the atrium takes form from the second floor onwards. The reception lobby stands apart by its dramatic circular stairs which link the lobby to the second-floor atrium which accommodates a restaurant and bar. A large kitchen serves the various meeting rooms, ballrooms, and other recreational areas as well that it surrounds. The room contains permutations and combinations of a variety of sizes and spaces to cater to a large user group. It is through this impactful design and an experience to cherish which the hotel gives to its users that it has bagged the Silver LEED Certification.
8. CASTO – River & Rich
Location: Columbus, Ohio
Size: 155,176 sq. ft
CASTO’s River & Rich is a mixed-use development project which runs parallel to the Scioto River and the Scioto Greenways. It has been designed by Moody Nolan in a way that creates interest and makes an impression on the user as well as a pedestrian going across. Large windows and balconies have been incorporated which make up most of the façade of the building. The lower levels encompass work units for local artists as the project is located in an artistic community. Moody Nolan along with CASTO designed this residential space with a creative approach funded by the City of Columbus.
9. Neighborhood Development Services – The Wilds at Harvest Rose
Location- Ravenna, Ohio
Size- 51,850 sq. ft
The Wilds at Harvest Rose is a senior living community located deep into the woods of Ravenna, Ohio. Moody Nolan planned to design independent residential units incorporating the natural features in their surroundings such as forest and wetlands. The spaces were curated in a way that promoted conserving water, managing energy resources, natural light as a purifier of space and an easy to access habitat. As a recreational space for the entire residential area, a community building has been placed centrally which is easily accessible and has been planned to house educational programs as well as health facilities. Moody Nolan has also given ample walking paths throughout the entire neighborhood to encourage people to move out of their houses, interact and indulge in physical activities.
10. Nashville Convention Center Authority – Music City Center
Location- Nashville, Tennessee
Size- 1,200,000 sq. ft
Moody Nolan worked with Tuck Hinton Architects and served as the Associate Architect to design this Nashville Music City Convention Center. With a spread of about 1.2 million square feet, this music city center features a green roof all across and scenic views of the Nashville skyline. Huge importance has been given to natural light and flexibility amongst the spaces within in it’s planning. With it’s inspiring and enduring design, the Nashville Music City Convention Center has been rewarded with the ‘Merit Award, AIA Georgia’.
11. The Pennsylvania State University – Intramural Building
Location: University Park, PA
For the project of The Pennsylvania State University- Intramural Building, Moody Nolan aimed at designing a dynamic functional-recreational building that would reflect upon the active program of the entire building. ‘Criss-Cross Courtyard Concept’ has been the first step towards curating a responsive design for this project. The spaces have been planned with a ‘hybrid’ ventilation system that exchanges the cool fresh breeze from the exterior to the interior on spring and fall days. The entire building has been divided into three phases differentiated by the function and purpose to avoid any discomfort to its users. The building has been thoughtfully designed to connect its users with the environment and promote energy-efficient spaces. The project has also received the Silver LEED Certification.
12. The Ohio State University – Recreation and Physical Activity Center (RPAC)
Location: Columbus, Ohio
Size: 600,000 sq. ft
Moody Nolan worked in collaboration with Antoine Predock Architect on this project of imbibing a massive structure at the heart of a pre-existing campus in a way that it naturally blends with the surroundings. Within this Recreation are an aquatic complex, an academic unit, laboratory, and faculty spaces. Designing with consideration to the existing contours, the building has been provided with ramps, steps, and plazas above the ground level which allows a single point of entry for the recreation space on the second level. The entire building is indeed functionally and aesthetically well appreciated.
13. Albany State University – Student Center
Location- Albany, Georgia
Size- 53,000 sq. ft
With an aim to design a ‘hub’ for the various activities for students and serve as a link to connect the divergent space, Moody Nolan crafted the Albany State University’s Student Center. This building also acts as a pass-through between the main campus to the major cross street. The design focuses on improving the experience for the pedestrians by providing easy accessibility both vertically and horizontally. The Student Center also houses a ballroom, dining options, and student organization offices. To add on to the student’s interest, study places and gathering spaces have been spread out throughout the building and are made flexible for use. Brick, glass, and metal panels are the majorly used materials which also helps the Student Center blend with the surrounding buildings.
14. The Connor Group – Connor Hanger
Location: Miamisburg, Ohio
Size: 17,000 sq. ft
This aircraft hanger for the Connor Group present at the Dayton – Wright Brothers Airport (MGY) has been designed in harmony with the adjacent Connor Group headquarters, which is also a project designed by Moody Nolan. Keeping in mind the fire safety, storage, and maintenance of the aircraft, an Aqueous Firm Foaming Foam (AFFF) has been installed that serves as a fire suppression system. The exterior façade mainly exhibits the usage of composite metal panels and dynamic glass walls creating transparency through the building.
15. Columbus Metropolitan Library – Parsons Branch Library
Location: Columbus, Ohio
Size: 18,640 sq. ft
The Parsons Branch Library rests along Parson Avenue in Columbus and has been designed by Moody Nolan with ample attention to lighting, colors, comfort as well as sound levels. The project being that of a library, Moody Nolan gave priority to natural daylight and ensured through its design that most of the interior had access to it as well as a link between the interior and exterior landscape has been established. A variety in the seating spaces has been provided to cater to the needs of the masses. Efforts have been made via the design to ensure a pleasant experience for the users.