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Linden Community Center 

Columbus, Ohio
Construction Cost: $22.6 million
Area / Square Feet: 55,000 SF
Occupancy Date: February 2020

This community center design has become a hub for a section of the city that needed positive community spaces. It provides places to gather, teach, learn, hang out, exercise and recreate in a safe and inviting building and park that connects to the neighborhood. 

The design pulls the user toward the large canopy entrance. Warm metal with wood veneer is reminiscent of park shelters. The building opens into a large lobby with gathering space. The concourse design provides casual supervision from the control desk to essentially every main gathering space in the building. The building program includes community rooms, art rooms and recreation courts, allowing visitors to exercise, recreate, learn and gather. Within this park setting is a playground, a sprayground and picnic shelters that create a sense of place and community for a neighborhood that has needed hope and positive spaces. 

The park has been designed with three zones ranging from extremely active to passive activities. An active “gather” zone anchored by the community center leads to a “play” space with a lawn area including one baseball field and two multipurpose fields for various organized activities. Finally, a “relax” area features a new pond, a pond overlook, an events lawn, and a pavilion and picnic areas for passive recreation. 

The facility was designed as an intergenerational community recreation center. During the design phase, the design team hosted a youth charrette and met with neighbors to determine what was important and what was special about their neighborhood. Out of that process came the addition of a partner space for the community’s women, infants and children. A teaching kitchen instructs healthy cooking with operable walls connecting to a classroom and the outside.

ARCHITECT OF RECORD

Moody Nolan

Columbus, Ohio

AQUATIC CONSULTANT/ENGINEER

Counsilman-Hunsaker

St. Louis, Mo.

PROJECT VENDORS

Indoor Sports Surfaces - Track

Action Floor Systems LLC

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Scoreboards/Timing Systems

All America Scoreboards

Pools - Chemical Control Systems

Axiall Corporation

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Floor Covers

Cincinnati Floor Company

Outdoor Facilities/Stadiums - Tennis Nets/Posts

Douglas Sport Equipment

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Divider Curtains

Draper Inc. 

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Basketball Backboards/Supports

Draper Inc. 

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Volleyball Nets and Standards

Draper Inc. 

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Wall Padding

Draper Inc. 

Pools - Chemical Control Systems

Hayward Commercial

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Bleachers/Grandstands

Interkal

Outdoor Facilities/Stadiums - Soccer Goals

Kwikgoal

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Lighting

Lithonia Lighting

Fitness Center - Cardiovascular Equipment

Matrix Fitness

Fitness Center - Flooring, Fitness Center

Mondo

Fitness Center - Free-Weight Equipment

Mondo

Fitness Center - Strength Equipment

Mondo

Pools - Chemical Control Systems

Neptune Benson/Evoqua Water Technologies

Building Systems - Pre-Engineered Structures

Porter 

Indoor Sports Surfaces - Basketball

Robbins Sports Surfaces

Indoor Sports Surfaces - Multipurpose

Robbins Sports Surfaces

Outdoor Facilities/Stadiums - Sports Surfaces

SofSURFACES, Inc.

Locker/Shower - Shower/Toilet Partitions

Special-Lite

Building Systems - Skylights

Super Sky Products Enterprises LLC

Pools - Water Play Features

Waterplay Solutions Corp.