Category Archives: December 2010

2010 Project Portfolio

Barker Rinker Seacat Architecture Facility Name: The Salvation Army Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center Location: Salem, Ore. Cost of Project: $33.2 million Type of Facility: Community Center Architectural Firm/Lead Architect: Barker Rinker Seacat Architecture Square Footage: 92,000 The community center is a one-stop facility featuring workout facilities, a gymnasium, an aquatics area with lap and leisure pools, a family lounge, a chapel/performing arts facility, an outdoor amphitheater, a teen room, short-term child watch and a licensed daycare facility. … Continue reading

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Getting Mileage From The Sun

Combine Chicago’s reputation as a leader in green initiatives by its consistently adopting innovative environmental solutions with the park district’s motto, “Open Active Green Connected,” and the result is leadership in progressive environmental stewardship. “We have 52 BigBelly solar-powered trash cans along the lakefront and in neighborhood parks; recycling in all of the parks, facilities and field houses; the field houses are powered by 25-percent green power,” says Brendan Daley, director of Green Initiatives for the park district, which manages … Continue reading

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Committed To “Greener Days And Healthier Ways”

Pick up a newspaper or watch any of the 24-hour news channels long enough and you’re sure to find a story about how Michigan has been–and continues to be–one of the economically hardest-hit areas in the current recession. The restructuring of the auto industry, unemployment, declining property values and home foreclosures are only a few of the tough challenges facing residents. Local governments and the public sector continue to face wave after wave of budget cuts to important and essential … Continue reading

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From Splash Pad To Sprinkler

The city of Colton, Calif., recently completed work on a $3-million renovation to its Veterans Park. The project includes the installation of a three-field baseball/softball sports complex, two children’s play areas, two basketball courts, a fenced hard-court soccer field, four horseshoe pits, turf and concrete path improvements and a splash pad. The renovation has reinvigorated the park, which has been a mainstay in the community since 1939. While all of the new features have been popular with residents, the splash … Continue reading

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Dripping With Good News

Often, when the topics of water conservation and general water issues arise, people usually focus on why and how we can conserve and protect this valuable resource. However, instead of discussing the reasoning and warning signs, let’s learn from some communities that are dramatically reducing their water use, and making water conservation part of everyday life. For example, Los Angeles, Calif., is currently dealing with a variety of problems, such as a struggling economy and a downturn in the local … Continue reading

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