Mack Teen Center Plans Unveiled

Jack Durham
Mad River Union

McKINLEYVILLE – A sound-proof music area, a large room with pool tables and games, a teen cafe and a covered outdoor performance area are among the features included in Mack Town’s proposed Teen & Community Center.

Option A with a shed-style roof. Courtesy LDA Partners

Option A with a shed-style roof. Courtesy LDA Partners

Plans for the $1.8 million facility, which would be built on to the west side of the Activity Center at Pierson Park,  were unveiled last week by the project’s architect, Stockton-based LDA Partners.

Eric Wohle presented the designs to the McKinleyville Community Services District Board of Directors at its meeting Nov. 6 at Azalea Hall. The next evening, the special meeting was held to get input from the public.

Wohle explained that the design was developed after numerous meetings with local teens, community members, the board and, because of the proposed kitchen, culinary experts.

One of the top requests from teens is that the center include a music room, Wohle said. They also wanted quiet study areas, a place to watch movies, and an area for playing video games. The teens also wanted the building to be bright, with interesting shapes and an outside amphitheater.

The 6,000-square-foot building design  features a large classroom space that can be divided in half, a sound-proof

Option B with a gabled roof. Courtesy LDA Partners

Option B with a gabled roof. Courtesy LDA Partners

music room,  a quiet area with computers, a lounge/games area, a teen cafe, bathrooms, storage areas, and a covered outdoor performance area.

The lounge area would include a large roll-up door that would open to the outdoor covered  patio/amphitheater area on the building’s north side.

The architect is seeking more input on the design. One of the decisions that will need to be made is to have a slanted shed-style roof or a gabled roof, both of which cost about the same.

Comments can be made on the architect’s Facebook page at  facebook.com/LDAPartners.

The company hopes to wrap up the design soon, so it can begin preparing construction documents in December and January. Construction could begin as early as April.

Teen center floor plan. Courtesy LDA Partners

Teen center floor plan. Courtesy LDA Partners

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