Kent County Community Center and Pool
Kent County Community Center and PoolWorton, Maryland
This project was planned using a broad-based community involvement study that began in 2000. Program solutions were devised and presented in every incorporated town in Kent County. Addressing each town resulted in a well-defined and widely supported plan for a multigenerational community center.
The project consists of a main building, a pool and support buildings, two new athletic fields and upgrades to existing baseball and softball fields. The main building plan is simply organized around a central access point and a single corridor that connects all activity spaces, including those for organized sports, group exercise, after-school activities and meetings. The pool was designed with several zones and depths to allow for diverse yet concurrent pool activities, providing a family-friendly pool experience for all ages and ability levels. It includes a wading pool with beach entry, a lap pool, a diving well and a kids’ play area.
Masonry, clapboard siding and shed roofs are used throughout the project to reflect the aesthetic of the simple agrarian buildings and structures that are common throughout the Eastern Shore. The flat-roofed masonry horizontal element that runs east to west divides the massing into several zones based on function and serves as a visual entryway to the pool and community center, as well as provides for a centrally located mechanical system, eliminating the need for equipment on the roof or ground.
Project DetailsArchitect: Becker Morgan Group Inc.; Salisbury, Md.
Construction Cost: $9.4 million
Square Feet: 21,387
Occupancy: May 2010
Access Ramps/Stairs: Paddock Pool Equipment Co.
Baseball Backstops: Long Fence
Basketball Backboards/Supports: Gared Sports
Bleachers/Grandstands: Kay Park-Recreation Corp.
Bulkheads: Paddock Pool Equipment Co.
Chemical Control Systems: Chemical Automation Technologies
Cleaners/Vacuums: Rainbow Lifegard Products, Div. Of Pentair Pool
Climbing Walls: Gopher
Deck/Basin Surface: Paddock Pool Equipment Co.
Divider Curtains: Performance Sports Systems
Diving Boards: Duraflex Int'l Corp.
Entertainment Systems: SMB Solutions
Filtration Systems: Paddock Pool Equipment Co.
Flooring: Cole Diamond Flooring
Flooring, Aerobics: Johnsonite
Flooring, Fitness Center: Johnsonite
Free-Weight Equipment: Gopher
Gutters: Paddock Pool Equipment Co.
Ladders/Grab Bars: Paddock Pool Equipment Co.
Lane Markers: Antiwave Pool Products
Lighting: Pentair Amerlite
Lighting: Lithonia Lighting
Lighting: Lithonia Lighting
Lockers: Penco Products Inc.
Sanitization Systems: Stenner Products
Shower/Toilet Partitions: Scranton Products
Sound Systems: SMB Solutions
Strength Equipment: Gopher
Tennis Court Nets/Posts: Gared Sports
Volleyball Nets and Standards: Gared Sports
Wall Padding: Performance Sports Systems
Water Play Features: Waterpark Experts & Miracle Recreation and Equipment Company