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 commissioned by The Salvation Army Western Territory to plan and design the Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center in Salem, Oregon.
The center provides worship and performing arts education, family life and personal development, and sports training and recreation opportunities to the underserved residents of Salem. The 92,000-s.f. center is a campus of activities for every age group. The worship, community and education space includes a 300-seat chapel and multipurpose event space for banquets, meetings, weddings and community events.
The center boasts a one-stop activity center with a sports training and recreation area for those who want to work out, as well as an aquatics area with lap and leisure pools. The family life and personal development component houses a family lounge, teen room, short-term child watch and licensed day care facility.
The project is LEED® Silver certified for sustainable design and energy efficiency. The citizens of Salem are the fortunate recipients of Joan Kroc’s vision.