The design for the Richmond Heights Community Center and Memorial Library redefines the concept of municipal parks, recreation, and leisure services. The 73,167 SF facility can support open recreation, programmed recreation, team sports, and meeting spaces under one roof, along with the city’s 55,000-volume public library. Residents of all ages enjoy active and passive recreational opportunities in this safe, secure environment.
The building’s plan, circulation, and zoning are organized around a large two-story rotunda, which contains the main entry and lobby. Located off the lobby in the lower level’s activity zone are the aquatic center, locker rooms, gymnasium, and activity room. The upper level includes a large weight-training area and a three-lane track that overlooks the gymnasium. The lower level’s public zone contains a catering kitchen, storage rooms, offices, a game room, a lounge, a tot-care facility, and a large meeting room which is divisible into four smaller meeting rooms.
While contemporary in plan, function, and massing, the building’s exterior design incorporates traditional details and has a scale in context with the surrounding residential areas and the city’s other municipal buildings.