Greensboro Boys and Girls Club

Greensboro AL / 2012 / 5th Year Project

Greensboro Boys and Girls Club

Greensboro AL / 2012 / 5th Year Project

The Greensboro Boys & Girls Club is a response to a need within the community for after-school programs. The organization provides educational assistance and recreational activities to local children ranging in age from kindergarten through high school. It was established in November 2011 and began operating in the city’s former Armory, which is slated for conversion into a public recreation center.

In order to accommodate the growth and development of both organizations (the BGC & GRC), a team of four 5th Year architecture students designed and constructed an extension to the existing Armory compound, providing a new, but separate, Boys & Girls Club facility. Adjacent to the Armory’s gymnasium, the new 5,100 square foot building serves as the learning center for the club and consists of a large classroom space, computer lab, snack area, administrative office, restrooms, and multiple sheltered outdoor spaces. 

In an effort to utilize locally available resources and common building practices, the Boys & Girls Club facility is built of lightweight wood frame construction in the iconic gabled shape. Following a concept of maximizing the potential of wood, all structural elements are composed of common lumber and oriented strand board (OSB), including multiple box beams spanning large openings. Clad in vibrant blue corrugated metal, it refers to the vernacular rural barn. The interior walls are finished in OSB, a material chosen in response to the need for a durable, economical, locally available product that would also contribute to the overall low-maintenance of the building.

Project Team

Andrew Dolder, Stephen Kesel, Allyson Klinner, Yesufu O'Ladipo

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