Columbus IDea Foundry

The CIF is a mixed-use facility, with activities such as welding and laser cutting, occurring in the same complex as K-12 students attending classes, and IT professionals attending high-end events. Before working with TRIAD, we were not even sure such a project was possible.”
-Alex Bandar, Founder and Director, Columbus Idea Foundry

Stewardship is fostering creativity and opportunity through collaboration and empowerment.

Columbus Idea Foundry is the culmination of the "Do it Yourself" movement and the wealth of information now available for free online. It truly is a community of makers designed to help people explore new ideas and unleash their passion to make things. It is built to empower people and their ideas. The heart of the Columbus Idea Foundry (CIF) is the perfect harmony of low tech (handsaws and glue clamps) and high tech (3D printers and electronics labs).

CIF Founder Alex Bandar initially doubted success was possible with the tight budget -- but where other architects may have seen a hassle, TRIAD saw an opportunity and met expectations under budget. In fact, upon completion, the space attracted further investment from additional partners.

The first floor of the 60,000 square foot former shoe factory is filled with artists, blacksmiths, woodworkers, industrial designers, furniture makers, robotics experts and more. 

Phase II of the CIF project, made possible by the success of Phase I, expanded the second floor into a space for coworking, education, and events. 

The Idea Foundry's community includes professional craftspersons and artists, hobbyists, students, startup companies, established companies, and small disruption groups from large corporations. The community is at the center of the Idea Foundry - the design is intended to invite the community to collaborate, creating sparks of innovation.


STEWARDSHIP is GROWING, to do more good.

Roosevelt is a not-for-profit coffeehouse whose mission is to make great coffee and save lives. Proceeds from sales are used to support efforts to fight local and global missions of providing clean drinking water, fighting hunger, and eliminating human trafficking. 

As the recognition and popularity of Roosevelt and its mission increased, so did the desire to expand. Accordingly, our work throughout the Columbus area and in the neighborhood of the current Roosevelt Coffeehouse (along with our passion for a great cup of coffee) created a great working friendship with the team from Roosevelt.  

We assisted Roosevelt in a variety of fun and meaningful ways to create their second location in the community of Franklinton. We analyzed potential spaces with the client and developers, reviewed potential leases, and executed the design of their new coffeehouse. All efforts and elements of the design reinforce their mission in order to continue to impact lives locally and globally. This includes everything from the layout of the coffee bar, that was meticulously designed in tandem with the client to allow for optimal workflow of the baristas, to the custom designed casework, product displays, general seating and furniture selections.


TRIAD Architects did an amazing job envisioning and helping bring to life a new market and café as well as new executive office space. They were innovative, creative and responsive. We are thrilled with the outcome and would partner with them in the future without hesitation.
-Tracy Cloud, CEO, Lower Lights Christian Health Center

Stewardship is serving the whole client, regardless of their economic situation.

The design intent of Jubilee Market & Cafe was to create an inviting space that paid homage to the history of Franklinton; while also functionally merging the grocery, cafe and health care facilities. The building that Jubilee resides dates back to the 1800’s and is adjacent to what was once the Anthony Thomas Chocolate Factory from that era.

The original brick walls, joists, beams and columns are exposed and celebrated as design elements that are juxtaposed with new, vibrantly painted violet and teal walls from the Lower Lights brand. Nooks have been carved out in spaces to place emphasis on displays into the history of the neighborhood with screen printed photos on the brick from Franklinton’s origins. The industrial look from the building’s original use has been maintained by creating furniture for the cafe as well as the check-out counters from the building’s reclaimed materials. 

This combination of new and old materials is what gives Jubilee a distinct, lively and creative atmosphere where people in the area can come to feel comfortable and become inspired to make healthy food choices. 

The Shop at Westerville North high school

Our partnership with TRIAD Architects has been outstanding and led to the design and construction of one of Westerville City School’s most innovative and inspiring learning spaces for students, The Shop at Westerville North High School. Before the dust had been wiped off this new space we had students working in The Shop with industry professionals on a collaborative project that included real-life skills aligned to college and career readiness. TIRAD added the “WOW” factor to The Shop and took the vision for the project to the next level.
-John Kellogg, Superintendent

Stewardship is taking lessons we've learned from industry leaders into the classroom to foster students into becoming problem solvers.

The Shop at Westerville North is a fully equipped makerspace intended to facilitate project based learning. All the same tools you would find at the Idea Foundry are available here for Westerville students - wood and metal working, computer programming, electronics.

The space is divided between the workshop and a computer lab that features 3D projection mapping and advanced network capabilities. The workshop opens to the rear parking lot allowing projects to outgrow the space and giving students a chance to work outside.

Students who learn at The Shop will be prepared to take advantage of all that the maker community has to offer. They will also be prepared for the high-tech jobs of the present and future. Most importantly, they will learn that they can make anything they can imagine.


TRIAD has completed multiple, complex renovations on our 100-year-old buildings and campus. Their insight about historic building renovations has helped us plan in a way that handles any unforeseen conditions that might be uncovered in these types of messy renovations. They function as an extension of our internal team and are entrenched in our community.
-James Lower, Principal, St. Charles Preparatory School


St. Charles Preparatory School has a long history of academic rigor and consistently ranks in the highest percentile in the state. The school additionally has a strong record of successful college placement. However, St. Charles also strives to cultivate lifelong learners — individuals who are motivated to continue learning and who have the skills and discipline to do so. To that end, TRIAD designed a new Robotics and Mentoring Center that just opened for the 2019-2020 school year.

The St. Charles robotics program is one of the best in the country, consistently ranking at top levels in local, state, national, and international competitions. The school values this project-based learning program as a way to teach their students problem solving and critical thinking. The new Robotics and Mentoring Center will house a fabrication shop where robots will be built, a computer lab where robots will be programmed, and a practice floor where the team can practice for upcoming competitions.

Mentorship is also central to the St. Charles community. The Robotics and Mentoring Center will house meeting space for the school’s ongoing mentorship programs. St. Charles students routinely mentor elementary/middle school students through their My Brother’s Keeper program. Additionally, these students, along with the St. Charles students, are mentored by a pool of local Columbus area professionals in a variety of fields. The school feels that the experience of mentoring and being mentored is critical to the future, enduring success of St. Charles alumni.

In addition to this new facility, TRIAD assists St. Charles with their ongoing capital improvement projects. This has included classroom renovations, lab renovations, locker room renovations, media center renovations, chapel renovations, theater renovations, and athletic facility renovations. We are currently engaged in developing a master plan for the school to outline long-term vision for their facilities.                       

Columbus Downtown High School

The biggest benefit of this transition is the location. Being downtown, we have the ability to partner with organizations and colleges for internships, speaking engagements and mentorships.” -David Mangas, Director, Columbus Downtown High School

Stewardship is connecting students with the downtown community to create opportunities for their future.

When Columbus City Schools decided to bring students back to downtown Columbus, they looked to TRIAD to help make sure those students were engaging with the downtown community.

To accomplish this integration, TRIAD focused first on student and visitor experience, and then on ensuring the exterior fit with the existing urban fabric of downtown.

As a vocational school, there were ample opportunities to integrate community and classroom. For example, culinary students at CDHS operate a café that is open to the public, and cosmetology students operate a salon. Proximity to downtown colleges, universities, and businesses create opportunities for real-world endeavors, as well as internship and job prospects.


We love the space. It is so nice to have an environment that the kids engage with that brings excitement and learning to life.
-Suzanne Kile, Preschool Director


TRIAD Architects has worked on an array of diverse projects in the Westerville school district including Pointview Elementary School, The Early Learning Center, The Academic Enrichment Center, and The Center for Innovation at Walnuts Springs Middle School.

Our design at Pointview Elementary School was largely inspired by engagement sessions with students and staff. One standout example of our engagement process is “Emma’s Glass Roof”. A student named Emma suggested creating the hallway connecting the existing school and the addition with all glass. It turned out beautiful. This project also includes a circular art room with floor-to-ceiling windows and a ceiling that opens so the room can also serve as a functional sun dial.

Westerville’s Early Learning Center (ELC) serves both special needs students and typically developing peer students. Inspiration is important to all students, so TRIAD incorporated popular characters from educational programming into “Westervillage,” an interactive exploration area that mimics Uptown Westerville. The building also houses the district’s administrative offices, bringing together departments that had been spread throughout multiple buildings.

The Academic Enrichment Center (AEC) was envisioned as a place for at-risk students to complete coursework or pursue a GED. Where others saw students, who were near failure and perhaps a lost cause, TRIAD saw the facility's true potential as an incubator to jumpstart these students towards success. We designed the AEC as a professional co-working space, rather than a classroom. There's a reception desk, individual and shared workstations, a kitchenette, and outdoor spaces designed to facilitate a wide range of learning and communication styles.

The Center for Inspiration (CFI) at Walnut Springs Middle School was designed to immerse students in literature, music, art and craft. The design itself was inspired by the Amedee Ozenfant’s painting, “Still Life with Glass of Wine.” The renovation includes a variety of seating options, a flexible classroom, a special speaker system, a TV studio, and a makerspace complete with a 3D printer.

Yankee on High

Stewardship is preserving a neighborhood’s history while contributing to its future.

Acting as both the Architect and Developer, TRIAD Architects completed the adaptive reuse of the historic Yankee Trader Building in downtown Columbus, Ohio. The building, constructed circa 1900, is listed in the National Register of Historic Places for its architectural contribution to the North Market Historic District.

TRIAD, formally anchored the 2nd floor and adapted the office lobby into a classic cocktail bar, Denmark. The 1st floor features a restaurant and the upper floors were crafted into 11 luxury apartments. The building itself is situated between Columbus’ vibrant High Street and the bustling North Market.

Since the refurbishment, the building has been showcased as a symbol of Columbus’ renaissance and example of how to infuse modern amenities into historic preservations.

TRIAD's team managed the project from inception to completion. Our services included architecture, development, owner's representation and management of the historic tax credit process utilized to help with the project financing.