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  Largo Community CenterLargo Community Center


Wannemacher Jensen Architects, Inc.
180 Mirror Lake Drive, St. Petersburg, FL 33701

General Description

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.
LEED® Platinum
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 Team

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 younger participants.

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.

Product Information
Metal Roofing: Berridge
Flooring: Stagestep Fitness Flooring, Bentley, Interface, Amtico, Burke.
Curtainwall, Entrances & Storefronts: YKK
Lighting: B-K, Bega, Ledalite, Emco.

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