The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center
Philanthropist Joan B. Kroc bequeathed $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 (BRS), in association with Berners Schober & Associates (BSA), was commissioned by The Salvation Army USA Central Territory to plan and design the Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
BRS led programming, planning and design services through the design development phase, with BSA playing a supportive role. The concept design was inspired by three concepts from the project’s mission statement. “Strengthen” is reflected in the two-court gymnasium, three-lane walk/jog track, fitness area, aerobics/dance studio, indoor leisure pool with current channel, indoor/outdoor waterslide, interactive water play features, spa and lap lanes. “Encourage” is represented by the academic and music classrooms and the administration wing. The 400-seat Corps Chapel and community rooms embody the concept of “Enrich.”
These three parts are bound together by the public spaces, including lobbies, lounges and circulation paths. The building is clad in brick, stone, precast accents, rain screens at clerestories, prefinished metal louvers at mechanical screens, tinted glass in aluminum-frame windows and doors, and the metal roof at shed and gable forms. To the south of the main entry, a waterslide extends to the outdoors from the Reflections Aquatic Center, signaling the fun adventure that awaits guests who enter the building.
BSA led the construction documents and construction administration phases, with BRS reviewing documents and observing construction from a design intent perspective. The project received LEED® Silver certification for sustainable design and energy efficiency.
Images by Ryan Photography.