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Diller Scofidio + Renfro and Jenkins•Peer selected to masterplan Discovery Place Science

Charlotte, NC – Discovery Place and the City of Charlotte today announced the selection of the architectural team that will lead the analysis, planning and design of a new vision for Discovery Place Science in uptown Charlotte. The announcement follows last night’s approval by Charlotte City Council of the architectural contract. New York-based Diller Scofidio + Renfro (DS+R) will serve as design architect and will partner with Charlotte firm Jenkins•Peer Architects (J•PA) who will act as architect of record. Together the firms will oversee a team that will create a master plan and conceptual design to imagine the future of one of the Carolinas’ premiere cultural attractions.

Discovery Place Science, which first opened its doors on North Tryon Street in 1981, is a four-acre catalyst site in the North Tryon Vision Plan, an innovative vision to redevelop and re-energize the northern corridor of Tryon St. The plan was adopted by the City of Charlotte earlier this year. The new master plan will consider how a reconfigured and upgraded Discovery Place Science will interact with a new streetscape as well as service the growing need for STEM education in the region.

The DS+R and J•PA team will lead a process that will include workshops to engage the community and key stakeholders; an analysis of trends and models in science centers; an overview of experiential design concepts; an evaluation of the current Discovery Place Science campus; and an assessment of future needs and opportunities. Ultimately, the architect group will develop an inspiring conceptual design for the facility that will communicate the Museum’s mission to provide the community with educational and immersive opportunities in science, technology and nature.

DS+R completed two of the largest architecture and planning initiatives in New York City’s recent history: the adaptive reuse of an obsolete, industrial rail infrastructure into the High Line, a 1.5 mile-long public park, and the transformation of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts’ half-century-old campus. Amongst the firm’s cultural projects are the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston and The Broad, a contemporary art museum key to downtown LA’s recent revitalization. J•PA brings an impressive depth of experience in projects throughout the Carolinas and elsewhere with a special expertise in working with public sector clients. The firm has led multiple planning projects for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Library system as well as the Jerry Richardson Stadium & Judy Rose Football Center at UNC Charlotte.

“DS+R is one of the world’s leading architectural design firms, well-known for their urban place-making as well as major civic and cultural buildings and campuses,” said Catherine Wilson Horne, president and CEO, Discovery Place. “We believe they bring a global perspective that will help define the North Tryon district as Charlotte’s center where curiosity begins, knowledge is advanced and innovation lives. We are delighted to partner with them and can’t wait to begin imagining new ways for our community to experience science.”

Discovery Place Science’s master planning process is anticipated to kick off in January and is expected to be completed in late 2018.


About Discovery Place

One of the top hands-on science museums in the nation, Discovery Place provides ever-changing, entertaining facilities that engage people in the active exploration of science, technology and nature. Discovery Place is a 501c3 nonprofit that provides STEM education to the Carolinas through four distinct museum experiences at Discovery Place Science, Discovery Place Nature and Discovery Place Kids, interactive educational programming, professional development training and community outreach initiatives. In 2017, Discovery Place was named as a finalist for the National Medal by the Institute for Museum and Library Science.

For more information about Discovery Place, call 704.372.6261 x300, visit or connect with Discovery Place Science on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

Discovery Place is supported, in part, with funding from the Arts & Science Council.


About Diller Scofidio+ Renfro

Founded in 1981, Diller Scofidio + Renfro (DS+R) is a design studio whose practice spans the fields of architecture, urban design, installation art, multi-media performance, digital media, and print. With a focus on cultural and civic projects, DS+R’s work addresses the changing role of institutions and the future of cities.  The studio is based in New York and is comprised of over 100 architects, designers, artists and researchers, led by four partners—Elizabeth Diller, Ricardo Scofidio, Charles Renfro and Benjamin Gilmartin.  The studio is currently engaged in two significant cultural projects in New York: The Shed, New York’s first multi-arts center, and the renovation and expansion of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). The studio was also selected to design the Centre for Music, which will be a permanent home for the London Symphony Orchestra located at the heart of London’s Culture Mile. Recent projects include the 34-acre Zaryadye Park, the first large scale park to open in Moscow in the past 50 years; the Museum of Image & Sound on Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro; the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive at the University of California, Berkeley; the Roy and Diana Vagelos Education Center at Columbia University in New York; and The Juilliard School in Tianjin, China. DS+R’s awards include the Smithsonian Institution’s National Design Award and Wall Street Journal Magazine’s Architecture Innovators Award. Founding partners Ricardo Scofidio and Elizabeth Diller were recognized as two of the “100 Most Influential People in the World” by Time Magazine, and were the first in the field of architecture to receive the “genius grant” from the MacArthur Foundation. Visit to learn more, or follow us on instagram (@diller_scofidio_renfro) and on twitter (@dsrny).


About Jenkins•Peer

Since the Charlotte-based firm was established in 1978, J•PA has directed its efforts toward delivering integrated design solutions that influence how people live, learn, work, and play.  This commitment is based on a highly collaborative approach that brings together the knowledge, talent, and resources to address client objectives and enhance our communities. J•PA’s ability to manage the planning and design process, guide informative discussions, and achieve consensus has been a key factor in the firm’s ability to maintain lasting client relationships and deliver dynamic projects that build community. Visit to learn more, or follow us on instagram (@jenkinspeerarchitects), LinkedIn, and Facebook.

Design is underway on the Charles R. Jonas Federal Courthouse and Annex in Charlotte, NC

August 17, 2017

Work has begun on the renovation and restoration of Charlotte’s historic Charles R. Jonas Federal Courthouse (ca. 1915), preserving the character and architectural details of the original structure and upgrading building systems throughout. In addition to the 134,400-sf renovation, an adjoining 198,000-sf Annex is being designed to meet the long-term space needs of the Courts, while addressing security and circulation deficiencies within the existing facility.

Combined, the renovation and addition will provide a total of ten courtrooms: three District, two Senior District, one District Special Proceedings, two Magistrate, and two Bankruptcy courtrooms. Additionally, space will be provided for the US Circuit, District, and Magistrate Courts; US Marshals Service; US Probation Office; US Public Defenders; US Attorney’s Office; and the GSA’s Public Buildings Service.

As Architect-of-Record, Charlotte-based Jenkins•Peer Architects is directing the design effort with a team including Robert A.M. Stern Architects, noted for their ability to create distinctive public buildings that establish a strong civic presence, and Ricci Greene Architects, the nation’s premier courts planning and design firm. The project is being administered by the US General Services Administration.

The work will be accomplished in phases, with the new Annex scheduled for completion in Fall 2020 followed by completion of the existing courthouse renovation in Fall 2022. The completed complex will serve as an anchor for revitalization and future development in Charlotte’s Central Business District, with a design that reflects the dignity, ideals, and stability of the Federal Government.

UNC Charlotte’s New University Recreation Center moves into construction

June 22, 2017

Construction begins in July 2017 on UNC Charlotte’s new University Recreation Center.  The 148,000-sf facility is designed to meet the University’s immediate needs, while providing the flexibility to adapt and expand components as desired in the future. Jenkins•Peer Architects is working with CannonDesign to address program components including:

  • Administrative Offices, Wellness Center, and Consultation Rooms
  • Four-Court and Two-Court Gymnasiums
  • Multi-Activity Court (MAC) Gymnasium
  • Elevated Jogging Track
  • Cardio and Free Weight Training Room
  • Rock Climbing Wall
  • Indoor Pool
  • Outdoor Leisure Pool
  • Multipurpose Group Fitness Rooms
  • Racquetball Courts
  • Squash Courts
  • Outdoor Resource Center
  • Locker Rooms & Support Spaces
  • Equipment Storage
  • Core & Circulation

The facility’s architecture is consistent with the established style of the surrounding campus. By incorporating more glazing, the design’s transparency  establishes the building as a recreation center and sets it apart from the adjacent academic buildings. The Rec Center is  scheduled to open in Summer 2019.

Revitalizing Rebekah: Work Continues at Agnes Scott College

June 21, 2017

Site work and interior demolition are underway, signaling the start of the comprehensive renovation of Rebekah Scott Hall. This 110-year old campus landmark is being revitalized and modernized with a design that celebrates and enhances its great spaces, preserves its beautiful historic character, and improves comfort and access for all of Agnes Scott College’s staff and students. When complete, the first floor will become the ‘front door’ to the College, welcoming visitors and prospective students to campus. The space will feature an inviting lobby and gallery area showcasing SUMMIT, a program focusing on global learning and women’s leadership development. Offices for admissions, enrollment, and financial aid will also be housed on the first floor, while student residences on the second and third floors will be renovated and revitalized with amenities that meet the expectations of today’s students.

All new mechanical, plumbing, and electrical systems will improve operational efficiency and enhance the comfort of the staff and students who work and live in Rebekah Hall, while contributing to the facility’s anticipated LEED Silver certification. An adjacent surface parking lot will be replaced with a geothermal system to keep Rebekah cool, even during hot Atlanta summers.

Jenkins•Peer Architects began working with the College in 2014, developing the design in two phases to align with Agnes Scott’s “The Greatness Before Us” capital campaign. The first phase of the renovation, completed in 2015, addressed exterior features in need of immediate repair and stabilization: restoring and repairing the building’s cupola and woodwork, repointing bricks, and installing new gutters and downspouts. The second phase of the renovation is scheduled for completion in Summer 2018. Agnes Scott’s vigorous fund-raising campaign has been widely supported by donors who support the College’s mission “to educate women to think deeply, live honorably, and engage the intellectual and social challenges of their times.”