Enrichment Center Renovation
“One minute a student may be sewing, the next minute they’re making drones.” A transformative renovation providing a creative after-school destination for technology, art, and socializing.
Gold Crown Foundation
The Enrichment Center includes renovations and improvements to an historic structure (originally a church) first built in 1923. Designated as a local landmark, the Gold Crown Foundation partnered with AMD to create a transformative renovation to support the foundation’s mission to “educate youth and community through sports and enrichment programs.” Taking cues from the original intent of the structure, a “one-room schoolhouse” approach to design provides bright, free-flowing spaces including a maker space, classroom, clubhouse, and recording studio. Students can pursue personal interests while utilizing specialized equipment including 3d printers, sewing machines, and design software.
With a history of community use, the facility continues and expands upon this tradition. Located on a property with an adjacent pocket park and within walking distance to nearby schools, the Center location was selected to draw neighborhood kids to the facility. Having received historic preservation funds, the design process underwent approvals through the Historic Review Board. Preserving the existing structure minimized the use of new resources and environmental impacts while continuing a legacy of the sustainable use of a historic structure.
The final project scope includes building code and accessibility upgrades, a roof replacement, and significant interior improvements including a full upper-level renovation. Inside, kids pass through a ‘mud zone’ for storage of belongings, the small kitchenette area where snacks are served, and into the main space. Collaboration is encouraged by open space with smaller gathering areas and resource zones. The program has created its own cycle of community, raising and engaging kids in creative endeavors, and building relationships that bring those same kids back as mentors.