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 Architechnics, Inc., was commissioned by The Salvation Army USA Central Territory to assist the Midland Division in their planning and design efforts for a $24.5 million Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center.
The 96,840-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 Quincy. BRS’s professional services supported The Salvation Army Midland Division in their successful application to USA Central Territory for funding of $44 million. Twenty-two million dollars will be set aside in an endowment fund from which the interest will be used to partially fund the center’s operation. Our services included programming, site planning, design and budget forecasting.
The center provides worship, community and education spaces, including a 500-seat corps chapel, community events/banquet hall, commercial kitchen, administrative offices, media classroom, adult lounge and party rooms. It also provides family life and personal development program space, which includes a family lounge, child watch area, kids zone and teen games area. Recreation amenities consist of a two-court gymnasium, weight/fitness center, aerobic/dance studio, climbing wall, locker rooms and family changing rooms, as well as an aquatics program with an indoor leisure pool and current channel, waterslides, interactive water play features and indoor spas.
The project has received LEED® Silver certification for sustainable design and energy efficiency. The citizens of Quincy are fortunate recipients of Joan Kroc’s vision.
Images courtesy of The Salvation Army RJKCCC Quincy, IL.