The Architectural Team Transforms Boston Neighborhood with Kroc Community Center, New England’s Largest
CHELSEA, Mass., April 6, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — The award-winning architecture and master planning firm The Architectural Team has announced the ribbon-cutting of New England’s largest new social services center, The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center in Boston’s Dorchester neighborhood. The 90,000-square-foot, $35 million brick-and-masonry building is another example of The Architectural Team’s commitment to helping revitalize and transform some of America’s most challenged urban areas.
Situated on a 6-acre site adjacent to a newly renovated commuter rail station, the building restores a long-neglected neighborhood, replacing empty lots and derelict buildings with an engaging new intergenerational facility whose design is a product of community involvement.
According to the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative, the building symbolizes a new dawn for a community ravaged by decades of arson, disinvestment, neglect and redlining. In addition to three gyms, a pool and a soccer field, the facility incorporates a learning center, library, auditorium, music room, chapel, and recording studio.
The light-filled environment reinforces an “indoor village” feel as well as intuitive wayfinding through the facility. Thoughtful details further support the sense of the outside brought within, from exterior light fixtures which continue into the main lobby and out the back door, to a two-story tube water slide in the natatorium, which weaves outside and back into the building to return laughing children. The building is finished in glass, brick, tile, metal panels and concrete block – a varied material palette reflecting Dorchester’s diversity.
For The Architectural Team, a firm of 55 employees based in Chelsea, Mass., this is the largest and most sophisticated of its portfolio of community/athletic centers. According to Mark J. Rosenshein, LEED AP, lead designer and Senior Project Manager, “The Architectural Team has always been committed to design endeavors that revitalize neighborhoods and bring much needed access to the underserved. Every participant in this collaborative process took great care to ensure the community received an inspired result.”
About The Architectural Team, Inc.
Founded in 1971, The Architectural Team is a 55-person master-planning and architecture firm with a broad portfolio of distinctive design solutions earning 75-plus awards for design excellence. The firm is renowned for new construction of large urban mixed-use developments, residential, commercial, hospitality and recreational facilities, as well as a national reputation in the area of historic preservation and adaptive reuse. www.architecturalteam.com.
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