Salvation Army’s new Turk Street Center
Photograph by Tim Griffith
The center also serves the community by providing access to a well equipped indoor gymnasium, shown above, which allows neighborhood youth to play basketball and soccer both day and night and includes a program for nightime basketball.
The Regupol Everlast flooring has a resilient low-vinyl content composed of post-consumer tire rubber, pre and post-consumer Nike Grind, and ColorMill EPDM. This flooring has excellent force reduction and ball rebound; the materials are bound together using a polyurethane pre-polymer. The entire product line is produced using a low embodied energy manufacturing process that requires minimal water, avoids heat, and reuses in-line scrap to decrease waste. The result is durable, environmentally savvy sports surfacing that passes the most stringent tests for indoor air quality, low-VOC emissions, and is recyclable.
Although buried deep in the building’s ground floor above the parking garage and below the courtyard, the gym is fully daylighted via a series of skylights that pop through a third floor courtyard. It is thereby naturally lit by the sun, greatly reducing energy consumption.
Non-public parking for 33 cars is also below grade.
Next to the gymnasium, an indoor swimming pool–the only public pool in the area–has walls of glass-tile mosaic and a wavy fabric ceiling stretched over acoustical insulation.
Photograph by David Pham
A chapel on the first floor with an arched ceiling is screened from the busy street beyond by a custom- designed, patterned window-glass which incorporates the Salvation Army Cross.
Other amenities, indicated on the floor plans, include four activity rooms, library, computer lab, a fitness center, and on the floor above it, a dance studio.
Atop the third floor is an open courtyard accessible to residents and to community members at different times of the day. The monitors that daylight the below-grade gym are located between the planters. A climbing wall covers one wall of the box housing mechanical equipment