Charlottesville Boys and Girls Club

Background

The design of the Boys and Girls Club of Charlottesville/Albemarle required a new facility to fulfill their mission, "enabling all young people to realize their full potential as productive, responsible, and caring citizens." The facility, which hosts a lineup of nationally recognized programming for youths, required space for learning, play, creating, and socializing in an open, secure, and flexible environment.

 

 

Market Sector
Education; Specialty; Community
Location
Size
25,000 SF
Year Completed
2009

Approach

The building is meant to portray a sense of shelter and invitation. A broad, overhanging roof provides gathering space while the 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 flowing 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