Springstep is a multipurpose arts center in Medford with a design goal of creating a state of the art facility to house several regional dance and performance groups in need of a permanent home. One of the client initiatives was to create a modern facility that would link the traditional folk-based groups with the contemporary performers and artists in an environment that was in start contrast to the older leased buildings they typically occupied with their substantially traditional interiors. In this way, folk arts would be celebrated as a vital component of contemporary culture through a vision of modern architecture and design.