The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center (Grand Rapids, Mich.)

The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center (Grand Rapids, Mich.)

Grand Rapids, Michigan 2011

Project Description

Envisioned as a beacon of hope for the community, the Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center of Grand Rapids incorporates a 400-seat performing arts center with a stage that can accommodate a 75-member band, multiple indoor and outdoor worship spaces, and a classroom and conference area for tutoring, mentoring, skills development and job training.

The multiuse gymnasium features a main court and two secondary courts, with spectator seating available. The fitness center boasts 75 exercise machines and a 30-foot climbing wall, while additional recreation center spaces include game rooms, a café and a childcare center. The aquatic center accommodates water exercise, therapy, swim lessons, recreation and water sports through several main components: a two-lane lap pool, a waterslide area, a lazy river and a zero-depth-entry leisure pool.

Adjacent property acquisitions, generous construction easements and city land agreements yielded fantastic opportunities for outdoor facilities, including two soccer fields, a softball field, a sand volleyball court, a six-station basketball court doubling as an ice rink in winter, a 400-seat outdoor amphitheater, an outdoor zero-depth water play area, a 300-foot-long hillside waterslide, community gardens, a meditation garden with a water feature, local trail connections, two playgrounds and a fishing pond stocked with perch, bluegill and bass that also serves as an irrigation reservoir.

Project Details

Architect: Isaac V. Norris & Associates P.C.; Grand Rapids, Mich.
Landscape Architect: RJM Design Inc.; Grand Rapids, Mich.
Aquatic Design Engineer: Water Technology Inc.; Beaver Dam, Wis.
Programming Consultant: Ballard*King & Associates Ltd.; Highlands Ranch, Colo.
Construction Cost: $25 million
Square Feet: 105,000
Occupancy: October 2010

Basketball: Horner Flooring Company

Basketball Backboards/Supports: Bison Inc.

Basketball Backboards/Supports: Spalding

Bleachers/Grandstands: National Recreation Systems Inc.

Bleachers/Grandstands: BSN Sports

Cardiovascular Equipment: Star Trac

Chemical Control Systems: BECS Technology Inc.

Cleaners/Vacuums: Maytronics US Inc.

Climbing Walls: Entre Prises Climbing Walls

Divider Curtains: Spalding

Dryers: GE

Filtration Systems: Neptune-Benson Inc.

Flooring: Vexcon Starseal

Flooring, Aerobics: Rexcourt

Flooring, Fitness Center: Mondo

Free-Weight Equipment: Star Trac

Gutters: Myrtha Pools USA

Heaters: Lochinvar Corp.

Ladders/Grab Bars: Myrtha Pools USA

Lane Markers: Richey Industries Inc.

Lighting: Musco Lighting

Lighting: SPI Lighting Inc.

Lighting: SPI Lighting Inc.

Lighting: Metalux

Lockers: Scranton Products

Multipurpose: Mondo

Sanitization Systems: ATG Sports Industries Inc.

Scoreboards: Daktronics Inc.

Scoreboards/Timing Systems: Trans-Lux Corp.

Shower/Toilet Partitions: Scranton Products

Skylights: Naturalite

Soccer Goals: Bison Inc.

Sound Systems: Shure Inc.

Sports Surfaces: Plexipave Sport Surfacing

Strength Equipment: Star Trac

Swimsuit Extractors: Scranton Products

Track: Kiefer Specialty Flooring Inc.

Volleyball Nets and Standards: Spalding

Wall Padding: BSN Sports

Washers: Profile

Washers: GE

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