In December 2016, VMDO was selected to begin work on the replacement of the Lubber Run Community Center in Arlington, Virginia. In addition to a new community center building, the project includes new outdoor recreation spaces and amenities as well as underground parking on a 4.5 acre site. The original community center was built in 1956.
The 45,000 SF replacement structure will include multipurpose rooms to support recreation programs for citizens of all ages, a fitness center with locker rooms, a gymnasium, a preschool program, community meeting rooms, a kitchen, reception area, and offices for county wide Parks and Recreation Staff. Outdoor programmed and open recreation spaces will include a playground, volleyball and basketball courts, picnic shelter, underground structured parking, and improvements to site circulation and streetscape needed to facilitate access to the facility by all modes of transportation.
In planning for the $46.5 million facility, our Athletics + Community Studio led an extensive community engagement process which included community meetings, online feedback, on-site engagement as well as identifying and working with hard to reach groups.
Engagement activities were designed to collect constructive feedback from the community and in turn drive the design process. The first meeting focused on understanding the site and neighborhood, spatial characteristics and materials of different program spaces, and the community fears and desires for the project. Design drivers were derived from this feedback as well as from existing site features, board directives, and sustainability goals.
The second meeting introduced four schemes with distinct approaches to massing and site orientation. The community offered their opinions on how the schemes performed based on the design drivers. A synthesized scheme based on this feedback was presented at the third and final community meeting on May 17, 2017. Our team shared several floorplan strategies and materials, as well as findings from a tree survey, and traffic and parking studies. The final schematic design will then be presented to the community in June, and the design will move forward with the construction manager and Arlington County.
Construction of the new community center will begin in March of 2018, and it is scheduled to open in October of 2020. More information about the progress of the Lubber Run Community Center can be found here.