Westside Multi-Generational Center Model

Westside Multi-Generational Center

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    • The City of Tempe has transformed and rejuvenated an existing Boys & Girls Club and gymnasium–part of this community for more than 20 years–into a dynamic new community center. The gymnasium was preserved and now functions as an internalized court: the center of activity. The remaining Boys & Girls Club facility, in disrepair, was demolished and the new programmatic uses were built in its place. The new uses embrace the existing gymnasium mass, softening its impact on its surroundings. Inside, a narrow perimeter skylight creates a "halo" of light where old meets new. The entrance, formerly hidden from view on the east of the building, was moved to the north side of the new center. The new entry serves as a "front porch" created by large, expressive overhangs of wood laminated beams and takes advantage of several 60' eucalyptus trees that were painstakingly preserved during construction. In addition, this entry court helps to diminish the visual impact of the gymnasium, serving as a transition to the more human scale of the surrounding residential neighborhood.
    • Studio Team
      Robert Briggs
      Douglas Brown
      Tom Brown
      Carlos Carrasquillo
      Holly Flint
      Corinna Fritsch
      Justin James
      John Kane
      Christopher Kelly
      Gregory Lambright
      Matthew Pridemore
      Joseph Salvatore
      Rebecca Saeva
      Victoria Snively
    • Project Team
      Owner: City of Tempe
      Structural: Brickey Design Associates
      Mechanical/Plumbing: Clark Engineers SW
      Electrical: Wright Engineering
      Civil: Kirkham Michael & Associates
      Landscape: Moore/Swick Partnership
      Kitchen: Cini-Little International
      Contractor: Sun Eagle Corporation
    • Awards
      2003 Arizona Masonry Guild Silver Trowel Award
      2002 Valley Forward Environmental Excellence Crescordia Award
      2002 City of Tempe Beautification Award
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  • residential
  • mixed-use
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