The design of the Boys and Girls Club of Charlottesville/Albemarle is meant to convey a sense of shelter and invitation. A broad overhanging roof provides gathering space, and a transparent facade shows off the activities within. The two-story structure forms two sides of a courtyard, with a future municipal aquatic facility completing the composition. The floor plan is as open as possible, with the various activities fl owing together and inviting exploration. The facility contains junior and teen activity areas, art room, cafe, kitchen, study/computer area, and dance room. The teen area and lobby overlook a gymnasium on the lower floor that also contains administrative offices. The gymnasium and lobby are glazed and open onto an athletic field and woods beyond. Exterior walls establish a thickened zone in which cabinetry contains mechanical units that eliminate duct work, and provides storage for activity materials and seating. The building is LEED certified.