Wannemacher Jensen Architects, Inc.
180 Mirror Lake Drive, St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Location: Largo, Florida
Date Bid: Dec 2009
Construction Period: Jan 2010 to Jan 2011 Total Square Feet:
30,000 Site: 8.4 acres
Number of Buildings: One.
Building Size: First floor, 30,000; total, 30,000 square feet.
Building Height: Highest point 33', total, 33'.
Basic Construction Type: New/Tilt-Up.
Foundation: Cast-in-place. Exterior Walls: Tilt up,
curtainwall. Roof: Metal, built-up. Floors: Concrete.
Interior Walls: Metal stud drywall. Projected and/or modeled
energy usuage: KBTU/SF/yr: 3152 Mbtu/yr (entire building) 105 KBTU/SF/yr.
Construction Manager: Creative Contractors, Inc. - 620 Drew
Street, Clearwater, FL 33755
Structural Engineer: Master Consulting Engineers, Inc. - 5523
West Cypress Street, #200, Tampa, FL 33607
Mechanical/Plumbing/Fire Protection: Consulting Engineering
Associates, Inc. - 8365 Gunn Highway, Tampa, FL 33626
Electrical Engineer: Voltair Engineers - 2101 West Columbus
Drive, Tampa, FL 33607
Wannemacher Jensen Architects worked with the community to design the
new Largo Community Center, the only senior focused center in Largo
serving one of the largest concentrations of seniors in the state. The
design and programming process included input and ideas from the City of
Largo staff, neighbors, patrons, and user groups.
The Architects first looked to the original community center that was
soon to be demolished. They found a group of people and programs
thriving despite being housed in a building devoid of a single window.
Inside, the patrons would try to mingle in a five-foot corridor that
doubled as a lobby.
The new building was organized around the patrons. Corridors were
eliminated consolidating all circulation within a large central lobby.
The lobby acts as a city square. Patrons can meet, mingle and relax
between activities. The Architects feel this space will extend the
length of the patrons' stay and the number of classes they take.
The lobby features floor to ceiling glass for natural light. Light now
floods the lobby reducing the need for artificial light during the day.
Grand Oak trees surround the facility giving a park like setting from
the lobby. The glazing brings the outside in. Images of leaves are
throughout the lobby; leaves are shown on the suspended ceiling panels
and embedded into the lobby concrete accent wall. The interior is
inviting, uplifting and promotes involvement of the patrons.
To accommodate the way seniors live today, the new center features a
small café in addition to communal dining, a black box theater, an arts
room, dance and fitness rooms, and a game room. Each room can be viewed
from the lobby with the floor to ceiling glazing, inviting new
participants to join. Each room has acoustical treatments that reduce
echo and help voice intelligibility. Outside raised communal garden
plots, a walking trail, exterior resting benches, and a covered parking
area for golf carts fit seamlessly into the design and do not deter
The Largo Community Center is designed to be in use 80-plus years;
hardened to endure 140 mph hurricane force winds and is a shelter for
essential city staff and operations. Stone, limestone, steel and
concrete were chosen for their reduced maintenance and lower operational
costs. The Center is the only LEED platinum community center in the
country. Energy saving features include photovoltaic cells, solar water
heating, mechanical energy recovery units, low flow water fixtures,
bio-swales, storm water treatment, air quality control, energy efficient
glazing, low VOC materials, recycling program, Florida friendly
landscape and much more. Large overhangs and no windows on the west
façade reduce the building's heat gain. The project is designed to
decrease energy consumption by 42% compared to a building built to
standard Florida Building Code.
The new Largo Community Center is an educational tool for sustainability
and green design and construction in addition to being a thriving
meeting and learning space for the seniors of Largo.
Metal Roofing: Berridge
Flooring: Stagestep Fitness Flooring, Bentley, Interface, Amtico,
Curtainwall, Entrances & Storefronts: YKK
Lighting: B-K, Bega, Ledalite, Emco.