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, in association with Dick & Fritsche Design Group (DFDG), was commissioned by The Salvation Army USA Western Territory to assist the Southwest Division in their planning and design efforts for a $43.1 million Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center in Phoenix, Arizona.
BRS led the planning and design services through design development, with DFDG playing supportive role. At the end of design development, DFDG took over and led the construction document phase with BRS acting in a support role, reviewing documents for design intent.
The 137,000-s.f. project has four programmatic components. The worship, community and education component includes a 350-seat chapel, mission center, community/events banquet hall, classrooms, library, and arts and crafts room. The family life and personal development component consists of a child watch and community wellness center. Recreation, a third component, provides basketball courts, a climbing wall, youth lounge, computer lab and outdoor fields complete with concessions. Lastly, the aquatics component boasts an indoor leisure pool, an outdoor spray garden and an amphitheater.
The LEED® Gold certified center is one of the largest in the family of The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Centers in the country. The project earned an ENR Southwest 2012 Best Projects Award of Merit in the "Sports/Entertainment" category.
Images by Mark Boisclair.