Peter B. Lewis Gateway Building

Oberlin College is a national leader in the arts with a reputation for pioneering work in environmental sustainability. SCB worked with the college to realize its vision for the Peter B. Lewis Gateway Center, a highly sustainable, four-story, mixed-use building that will serve as the front door to the City of Oberlin and the Oberlin College campus, and is the first building to be realized within a larger, 13-acre Green Arts District.


Oberlin College


Oberlin, OH


Architecture /
Mixed-Use + Retail /
Hospitality /
Campus Environments /
Campus Hospitality /


4 Floors

67 Guest Keys

LEED Platinum Target

The program integrates a 67-key hotel with college administration and replaces the current campus inn. Its strategic location offers a formal gateway into the future district, and a hub at the nexus of downtown Oberlin. When complete, the District will have the potential to become a global model for high performance buildings and a whole systems approach. The Gateway Center represents the first step in achieving the goals of the District.

The exterior design is contemporary and uses simple materials of glass, aluminum and wood, many of which are either salvaged or recycled. Building systems are designed to adapt to future connections with other Green Arts District buildings and to increase efficiency and maximize flexibility. Developed in collaboration with Gettys and Transsolar Engineering, other sustainable features include: storm water reuse, a natural ventilation ‘lung’ via the great room, environmental controls and resource monitoring, and geothermal utilization for radiant heating and cooling. The project is seeking LEED Platinum classification, Net-Zero energy consumption, and Net-Zero carbon production.