The Carl Junction Community Center is comprised of various organizations working together to develop a multi-use structure that will serve the needs of the entire community as it continues to grow. Housed within this building is a series of overlapping programmatic elements: Senior Center, Dining Hall, City Hall and Council Chambers, Recreation and Fitness, Event space, Indoor and Outdoor Classrooms and Youth Lounges.
The facility was constructed on an abandoned railroad yard and dump site after major revitalization of the site took place. It is built to be a highly efficient, super-insulated structure, utilizing regional, recycled and low-maintenance materials. A ground-source heating system, as well as high-efficiency lighting, HVAC systems, and low-e glazing with sunshades and light shelves are included. Because of the dynamic nature of the overlapping programmatic needs, it was necessary to provide a building that would become a visual icon and reflect the versatility of its functions. With a very modest budget, this building was able to accomplish all the City’s goals for their Community Center: aesthetics, economy, flexibility and sustainability. All of these aspects are very import to the concept of an evolving building that needs to stand the test of time.