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Three More BRS-Designed Kroc Centers Open in 2012

August 1, 2012

DENVER, CO – Barker Rinker Seacat Architecture has once again lent its hand to advancing the late philanthropist Joan B. Kroc's mission to build and endow state-of-the-art community centers across the U.S. These centers provide recreation, fitness, aquatic, family life, personal development, worship and performing arts opportunities to deserving, underserved populations nationwide. Three new BRS-designed Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Centers have opened in 2012, and they're already making big impacts in the communities they serve.

Kroc-Phoenix, AZ
The Salvation Army USA Western Territory commissioned Barker Rinker Seacat Architecture, in association with Dick & Fritsche Design Group (DFDG), to assist the Southwest Division in their planning and design efforts for a $43.1 million Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center in the South Mountain neighborhood of Phoenix, Arizona.

The 137,000-square-foot project boasts a 350-seat chapel, mission center, community/events banquet hall, library, classrooms, community wellness center, basketball courts, climbing wall, youth lounge, indoor leisure pool, outdoor spray garden, amphitheater, and outdoor fields. The center is one of the largest in the family of Kroc centers in the country and is seeking LEED® Gold certification for sustainable design and energy efficiency.

The project is the recent recipient of the Arizona Masonry Guild's 21st Annual Excellence in Masonry Architectural Award. It will also be a featured tour site at this year's Arizona Parks and Recreation Association Annual Conference, which takes place on August 31st.

Kroc-Suisun City, CA
In association with GRA Architecture of Sacramento, Barker Rinker Seacat Architecture was commissioned by The Salvation Army Western Territory to plan and design the Kroc center in Suisun City, California.

Sited proximate to Hall Park and the Suisun City Library, the $14.2 million center provides a multitude of amenities to the underserved residents of Suisun City. A reclamation gem, the facility was originally built as a city-owned recreation center and then leased to the YMCA. The property was later purchased by The Salvation Army in December 2009 and has been converted into a state-of-the-art worship, community, education and recreation center.

The building includes a 299-seat theater/chapel and 130-seat multipurpose event space for banquets, meetings, weddings and community events; double-court gymnasium; climbing wall; fitness and weights area; spinning and aerobics dance studios; natatorium with four-lane-by-25-yard lap pool; training pool; whirlpool spa; family lounge; café; and commercial kitchen. The chapel was required to conform to the relatively new California Green Building Standards Code.

Kroc-Ewa Beach (Kapolei), HI
The Salvation Army Western Territory tapped Barker Rinker Seacat Architecture to provide in-depth design consulting and peer review of Group 70 International to plan and design the Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center in Ewa Beach, Hawaii, just adjacent to Kapolei.

Located on 15 acres, the $48 million, 200,000-square-foot facility is the largest community center of its kind in the Hawaiian Islands, offering activities for every age group. It provides a one-stop complex with outdoor activity fields, 25-yard-by-35-meter competition/lap pool, large leisure pool with double two-and-a-half-story waterslides, an 18-person hot-water spa, two lazy rivers, and a family-oriented interactive water play area. Inside the Kroc center, guests fulfill their recreational, athletic and personal training needs at the Clarence T.C. Ching Gymnasium, fitness center, group fitness studios, health and wellness center, and party cabanas. In addition, the First Hawaiian Hale 40-bed dormitory offers a lodging solution for traveling sports teams or mission teams visiting the island.

The Walter F. and Mary Dillingham Frear Early Childhood Education Center features a 120-child preschool. Meanwhile, the Weinberg Education and Resource Center includes a game room, art studio, large multipurpose rooms, and a commercial kitchen and ballroom for 500 guests for special events. The center is rounded out by a 500-seat worship and performing arts center.

Bram Begonia, director of operations at the Kroc center in Hawaii, offered the following praise: "Our experience with BRS has been first class. We believe the BRS team first took the time to really understand the great mission of The Salvation Army before jumping into design. The Salvation Army Kroc center in Hawaii took full advantage of all of the lessons learned by the vast experience and accomplishments BRS has already seen from building multiple, successful recreation centers in other parts of the country."

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Water Technology, Inc. was charged with the aquatic design in the Phoenix and Hawaii Kroc centers.

Barker Rinker Seacat Architecture has been involved with The Salvation Army since 2004, acting as a partner and guide to assist the organization in its judicious spending of a $1.8 billion gift left by Joan B. Kroc. The firm has now designed a total of eight Kroc centers to date and provided design consulting services on 14 additional centers in all four of The Salvation Army's U.S. territories.

About Barker Rinker Seacat Architecture
Barker Rinker Seacat Architecture's mission is to design inspired, sustainable community architecture. Working closely with owners and communities, the firm achieves visionary goals with cost-effective solutions. Winners of more than 40 design awards, BRS has completed projects for more than 200 communities in 37 states. The firm's expertise includes recreation centers, wellness facilities, field houses, aquatic centers, park structures, ball fields, spas, resorts, clubhouses, senior centers, water parks, libraries and recreation facility master plans. For more information, visit

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