Facilities of Merit 2010: The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center (Coeur d'Alene, ID)

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The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center (Coeur d'Alene, ID)

Coeur d'Alene, Idaho 2010
Year in Showcase: 2010

Project Description

This 123,000-square-foot community center represents part of the program initiated by a $1.6 billion gift to The Salvation Army from the late Joan Kroc, wife of McDonald’s founder Ray Kroc. The Kroc Center presents a unique opportunity to successfully combine multiple community functions — church, education center, performing arts facility, recreation and aquatics center — in one all-encompassing complex, resulting in considerable operational savings and increased usage.

Located on a 12-acre site, the Coeur d’Alene Kroc Center is designed to make residents of the region feel welcome. Local materials were incorporated, including stone, CMU, wood, laminated timber, tinted and insulated glass, and corrugated metal siding. These materials all suggest a contemporary, industrial character that responds to the informal personality of the region.

The 14,000-square-foot multipurpose activity court is large enough for the simultaneous playing of team sports (basketball, volleyball, soccer and floor hockey) with room for 240 spectators. Other amenities include a 25-yard-by-25-meter, 10-lane competition pool; an indoor leisure pool with waterslide, lazy river and zero-depth entry; a group fitness studio; a jogging/walking track; a climbing wall; a 5,350-square-foot fitness center; a childcare facility; and indoor and outdoor playgrounds. The center also includes a 400-seat worship theater that doubles as a performing arts theater, and community rooms for corporate events, meetings, birthday parties and other social activities. A commercial kitchen and catering department provides food for these events.

Judge's Comments

The details and materials have a local flavor, and the landscaping and common spaces pull the rich diversity of interior spaces together in a way that makes it all work. This feels like a community center should.
— Chris Sgarzi

A well-articulated and sensitive building planning approach that collects all the program components along a multistory central spine.
— Colleen McKenna

The mission of this building is enhanced by the execution of a well-designed plan. So many community elements have been carefully connected in a meaningful and organized fashion.
— Bill McCullough

Project Details

Architect: Architects West; Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
Design Architect: Barker Rinker Seacat Architecture; Denver, Colo.
Aquatic Design Engineer: Water Technology Inc.; Beaver Dam, Wis.
Programming Consultant: Ballard*King & Associates; Pueblo West, Colo.
Design Consultant: Miller Stauffer Architects; Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
Construction Cost: $29.86 million
Square Feet: 123,000
Occupancy: May 2009

Access Ramps/Stairs: Johnson Western

Arena Seating: Perma-Cap by Avcon

Basketball: DDLINO Gymnasium

Basketball Backboards/Supports: Draper Inc.

Bleachers: Goebel

Chemical Control Systems: CEM Aquatics

Climbing Walls: Entre Prises Climbing Walls

Divider Curtains: Draper Inc.

Filtration Systems: Neptune-Benson Inc.

Flooring, Fitness Center: Connor Sport Bond

Free-Weight Equipment: Mondo

Gutters: Myrtha Pools USA

Ladders/Grab Bars: Myrtha Pools USA

Lane Markers: Myrtha Pools USA

Lighting: Recreonics Inc.

Multipurpose: Wood Floating Floor System, Aerobic Studio

Sanitization Systems: CEM Aquatics

Scoreboard/Timing Systems: Colorado Time Systems

Skylights: Kalwall

Starting Blocks: Colorado Time Systems

Wall Pads: Draper Inc.

Water Play Features: Vortex Aquatic Structures Int'l Inc.