Acclaimed Architect Firms Will Design Cornelius Arts Center

Old Town Cornelius - Art Center Site and surrounding area (photo: Matthew Reihl)

C Design and Holzman Moss Bottino Architecture team up for momentous facility in Old Town Cornelius

Oct. 3, 2017 – Cornelius, NC – After a detailed search, followed by interviews with local and national architect firms, Cornelius Arts Center and the Town of Cornelius are pleased to announce the selection of acclaimed architect firms C Design and Holzman Moss Bottino Architecture. The local and national firms – C Design is based in Charlotte, NC, and Holzman Moss Bottino Architecture is based in New York – will collaborate in the design and development of Cornelius Arts Center, which will be located in downtown Cornelius adjacent to the police station.


Holzman Moss Bottino Architecture has designed state-of-the-art cultural, civic, and academic facilities for communities across the country. Of local prominence, the firm has designed parts of Spirit Square, including the innovative ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center in Uptown Charlotte. With 50 years of experience in the business, firm partner Malcolm Holzman, a member of the Interior Design magazine Hall of Fame and the American Institute of Architects’ College of Fellows, will serve as the Center’s design architect. He plans to create a structure that will be unique to the Lake Norman area.

Malcom Holzman


“The opportunity to design a distinctive new Cornelius Arts Center is extraordinary,” says Malcolm Holzman. “It isn’t often that an architect has a chance to provide a building that will serve as a regional focus for the next 50 years. Holzman Moss Bottino Architecture and C Design look forward to this unique juncture of favorable circumstances to enhance the life of this growing community and to add to the vibrant town center.”


C Design
, founded and led by principal Rob C. Crane, will serve as architect-of-record of the Center. The firm includes creative director Marley P. Carroll, a prestigious fellow of the American Institute of Architects, and other accomplished staff. C Design’s most recent work includes the revamping and expansion of Charlotte Douglas International Airport’s Concourse A, which features offices, retail, food & beverage facilities, seating areas and new gates. In 2016, the firm picked up honorary design awards for its work on the YMCA Camp Thunderbird Duke Energy Pavilion in Lake Wylie, SC, and the Piedmont Natural Gas Rockingham Resource Center in Rockingham, NC.


“The new Cornelius Arts Center has tremendous potential to fuel redevelopment, be a cultural catalyst of a vibrant arts district, and form a centerpiece for the Lake Norman region’s transformation,” says Robert Crane of C Design. “It is with great pleasure and enthusiasm that C Design begins the work of designing this exciting project with the Town of Cornelius and our partner firm Holzman Moss Bottino Architecture.”


Site of the future Cornelius Art Center

MORE ABOUT CORNELIUS ARTS CENTER: The Cornelius Arts Center will be a diverse, nonprofit arts facility that will be a place for both learning and entertainment. This arts facility will serve as a force for creative momentum within the Lake Norman area and beyond.

In 2013 Cornelius residents approved a $4 million bond for use on downtown redevelopment projects. After much research and conversation, a need for a community arts center was identified to complement the already thriving arts district in Old Town Cornelius. The Town purchased 1.85 acres in downtown Cornelius and has agreed to an owner/manager business model with the Center.

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