GRIDfarm, an urban farm and education center, is a joint project of Growing Places Indy and John Boner Neighborhood Centers located near the Boner Centers’ Super Bowl legacy project on the Arsenal Tech High School campus. Completed with funding from Lilly Endowment Inc. and the Indy Food Council, the project demonstrates sustainable building principles and provides necessary farming facilities, allowing neighborhood residents access to locally grown food. Students in the Ball State University Department of Architecture collaborated with local architects and CE Solutions throughout the design and fabrication processes. The design for the pavilion was envisioned as a lightweight, efficient and flexible grid structure inspired by natural forms. CE Solutions helped the students think through the options of wood versus rebar. The center features a 20x20 outdoor farm education pavilion central to two repurposed 8’x8’x40’ shipping containers—one that houses equipment and storage for produce grown onsite and another that supports a farm stand and outdoor classroom.
Constructed | 2014
Awards | 2015 Honor Award, Monumental Awards