Project Description

In 2004, the Salvation Army was bequeathed nearly $1.6 billion to construct community centers throughout the United States. The Salvation Army of Greater Philadelphia selected a 12.4-acre site to build the “Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center,” a 99,300 SF multi-purpose community center building that includes a synthetic turf athletic field, community gardens, landscaped areas and associated parking facilities and utilities. PlanPhilly has called the project “one of the greenest developments ever undertaken in the City.” As part of the design team, incorporated sustainable stormwater management through the use of roof runoff capture and reuse, porous pavement, and infiltrating rain gardens. A storm drainage system was designed to capture up to the 10-year event and divert it to a separate storm sewer, thereby reducing the load on the City’s overburdened combined sewer system.