The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Community Center
Serving as a neighborhood anchor, the Kroc Center offers arts, education and recreation programs supported by an aquatics complex, a gymnasium, classrooms designed for conventional learning, an assembly complex and administrative offices. The facility is nestled on a 16-acre site in a topographic valley near major arterials and public parks.
The building's shape consists of three distinct forms housing assembly, recreation, and education components. The oval-shaped assembly space is placed prominently in the center of the site, visible from the surrounding neighborhood as well as from within the other building forms. The recreational component anchors the site and is functionally rectilinear, serving as a backdrop to the assembly element. The north facade of this component is substantially glass, revealing the primary circulation path and displaying the activity within. Hovering above and bridging these two volumes is the educational program element. This bar of flexible classrooms physically ties the complex together and provides a defined point of building and site entry. Together, the three volumes establish a found program element: a festival plaza, which weaves the building proper and the adjacent public parks together.
- 2012 Honor Award, Built Category - American Institute of Architects (AIA), Nebraska Chapter
- 2006 Honor Award, Unbuilt Category - American Institute of Architects (AIA), Nebraska Chapter
- Type of Construction: New Construction
- Professional Services: Architecture, Engineering, Interior Design, Landscape Architecture, Site Design, Site Selection
- Project Components: Aquatics Center, Assembly Space, Atrium, Auditorium, Chapel, Classroom, Computer Laboratory, Courtyard, Fitness Center, Gymnasium, Kitchen, Locker Room, Multipurpose Space, Office Space, Recital Hall, Rehearsal Space, Worship Space
- Project Type: Community Center, Cultural
- Related Projects: Architecture, Civic
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