The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc CORPS Community Center*

THE SALVATION ARMY  |  Philadelphia

The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center is a state of the art community center and an urban oasis on a former twelve acre brownfield site in North Philadelphia. Danielle served as the Project Architect for schematic design phase which had an extensive programming and site development phase. The constraints of the existing industrial site were significant due to an existing building, minor contamination, and a 4’-0” water main that bisected the site. The building and site design evolved from these constraints and from the client’s request to create an “urban oasis.” Danielle proposed a concept in which the main building circulation wraps a two story curved glass wall with views to the garden outside. The outdoor oasis incorporates rain gardens, porous pavement, runnels to capture building stormwater, recreation fields, and community garden. The 100,000 sf community center has diverse programming including a childcare center, a worship/performing arts center, chapel, cafe, a fitness center, gymnasium, and pool complex. It is a spectacular place where Philadelphians from all neighborhoods come and play together.

*Work performed at MGA Partners