Providence, Rhode Island

The Wheeler School
Master Plan, Nulman Lewis Student Center and Gilder Center for the Arts


The Wheeler School serves a 1,000-student population, grades Pre-K–12. Our Campus Master Plan recommended the consolidation of academic departments dispersed throughout different buildings and identified underutilized spaces on the School’s bounded urban campus for new construction needed to meet the School’s evolving academic programming.

Two new buildings resulted for the Master Plan. The Nulman Lewis Student Center links renovated spaces in two adjacent existing buildings and serves as a primary campus gateway entrance. It includes a café, classrooms, and collaborative spaces for learning and gathering. The Gilder Center for the Arts accommodates School gatherings in a new building providing a 400-seat stepped assembly space, as well as classrooms, recording studio, practice rooms, and offices for the Music Department. It connects to the historic Wheeler Hall building with a glass-enclosed lobby, creating a new interior street for the campus. Wheeler Hall is renovated to provide a lobby, black box theatre, dressing rooms, and costume storage, as well as fine arts studios.

The Wheeler School
Nulman Lewis | Completed 2009
Gilder Center | Completed 2015
Project Size
Nulman Lewis
Renovation | 5,000 GSF
New Construction | 5,000 GSF
Gilder Center
Renovation | 17,000 GSF
New Construction | 18,000 GSF
Nulman Lewis | Café, Classroom, Gathering
Gilder Center | Assembly, Music, Drama, Fine Arts
AIA Rhode Island Merit Award
Illuminating Engineering Society Award of Merit
Boston Society of Architects, Educational Facilities Award
AIA New England Award
Boston Society of Architects Honor Award

Nulman Lewis Student Center

Gilder Center for the Arts

Our Process

Ann Beha Architects, now Annum Architects
Nulman Lewis Center Project Team
Thomas Hotaling AIA, Steven Gerrard AIA, Jason Bowers AIA, Lindsey MacDonald (ABA/Annum); Odeh Engineering (Structural); Gaskell Associates (Electrical); Geisser Engineer (Civil); ); Pressley Associates (Landscape); Ramsey Loqa, P.E. (Code / FP); Acentech (Acoustics); Sladen Feinstein (Lighting); Simpson Gumpertz & Heger (Envelope); ArchWorks (Exterior Tech Detailing); Queastor Group LLC (Cost); Crabtree McGrath Associates (Food Service); Wil-Spec (Specifications); Agostini/Bacon (General Contractor); David Lamb (Photography)
Gilder Center Project Team
Steven Gerrard AIA, Thomas Hotaling AIA, Jason Bowers AIA, James M. Smith AIA (ABA/Annum); Odeh Engineers (Structural); AHA Consulting Engineers (MEP / FP); Pressley Associates (Landscape); Crossman Engineering (Civil); Robert W. Fairbanks (Geotechnical); Sladen Feinstein (Lighting); Acentech (Acoustics / AV); Jensen Hughes (Code); Wil-Spec (Specifications); SGH (Envelope); DCK Worldwide (Construction Management); Peter Vanderwarker (Photography)