The re-visioning of the Albert L. and Janet A. Schultz Campus for Jewish Life exterior is a beautifully sensitive renovation for the Jewish Community Board of Akron. Spurred by the success of the Beth El Congregation chapel addition, the JCBA combined deferred maintenance projects with the opportunity to breathe new life into this anchor of the Jewish community. The result is a comprehensive solution that combines new building entrances, improved façade aesthetics, security control, branding and wayfinding.
An aluminum composite panel entry canopy is the defining element of the main entrance to the facility, housing the Jewish Community Board of Akron, the Akron Shaw Jewish Community Center, Beth El Congregation, Jewish Family Service and Lippman School. The sign not only serves as protection from the elements, but it also subtly incorporates the re-dedication of the campus in the Schultz name. Additionally, the improvements incorporate an upgraded entry for the preschool, adding safety, accessibility while designating the entryway. The light columns not only illuminate the entrance at night, they unify the design, add safety in the form of vehicular barriers and signify the seven Agencies located on the property. Donor pavers that were displaced with the renovation were creatively incorporated into the walkway and further enhance the unity in design. The preschool and Lippman School playground was upgraded with privacy walls, fencing and landscaping, further unifying the design. Branding and wayfinding was incorporated into the design and signage was added throughout the property to enhance the vehicular and pedestrian circulation of the expansive site.