Location: Charlottesville, VA
Size: 23,000 SF
Award: LEED Silver
The Boys and Girls Club of America exists to inspire and enable young people to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens. Leadership at the club in Charlottesville, VA recognized that they needed an expanded and updated facility to fulfill that mission. They wanted a building that could accommodate 400 children through their teenage years, up from the 80 that the club was serving.
The site selected for the new 24,000-square-foot Boys and Girls Club was on a fairly steep hillside. The building uses simple materials, strategic planning and careful massing to navigate the slope of the site while being conscious of budget. Creative landscaping at the entry directs patrons to the top floor. Immediately inside are activities to capture children’s attention: art rooms, media rooms, classrooms, pool tables, gathering spaces and game rooms, all filled with natural light from the top floor windows. Children descend to the lower level to the basketball court, as well as space for administrative offices. The lower level exits to the rear of the property at the bottom of the hill.
The Boys and Girls Club of Charlottesville is the first club in the national nonprofit to earn LEED gold certification, the second highest rating from the U.S. Green Building Council.
[designed while at SMBW]