The Salvation Army Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center
Philanthropist Joan B. Kroc gave $1.8 billion to The Salvation Army to build and operate state-of-the-art community centers in cities across the country. Barker Rinker Seacat Architecture was the design architect, in association with Cheatham Fletcher Scott Architects, for the planning and design of a $24 million Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center in Augusta, Georgia.
The 82,000 s.f. center will provide worship and performing arts education, family life and personal development, and recreation and aquatic opportunities to the underserved residents of Augusta. We began working with The Salvation Army USA Southern Territory in the Kroc Center application process. BRS’s services included programming, site planning, design and budget forecasting.
The center provides a corps chapel with 400 seats, community events/banquet hall, commercial kitchen, administrative offices, academic and music classrooms, and party rooms. It provides family life and personal development, including a First Stop Family Service Center and child watch area. Recreation amenities include a two-court gymnasium, weight/fitness center, aerobic/dance studio, locker rooms and family changing rooms, as well as an aquatics program with indoor leisure pool with current channel, indoor/outdoor waterslide, interactive water play features and indoor spas.
The project is LEED® Silver certified for sustainable design and energy efficiency. The citizens of Augusta are fortunate recipients of Joan Kroc’s vision.
Images by Steve Bracci Photography.