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BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB
The vision for this project was to create a benchmark learning and growth campus for the children of Hobbs and a strong community landmark for the City of Hobbs. The challenge was to create a new building which is contextually sensitive, functionally effective, technologically innovative and aesthetically inspiring.
The building’s plan is organized on one level with two staff mezzanine “crow’s nest” areas permitting general supervision of the club’s open public spaces with minimal staff members. The commons is the public core which is designed as a generous open space connecting the Club’s diverse activities around its perimeter. The Club’s interior pushes the enclosed rooms towards the perimeter thereby freeing the interior from obstructions which enables greater flexibility. The 23’ high ceiling, clerestory glazing, full height windows and large diameter fans creating an open air feeling amongst a selection of surrounding “storefronts” of Club activities. Fun lively seating arrangements, gaming tables, dining tables and built in bancos strengthen this central communal Club space as both destination and connector.
Sustainable features include independent and zoned HVAC systems, efficient variable refrigerant flow HVAC systems, high performance glazing, polished concrete floors, tubular daylighting devices, photovoltaics, large diameter fans (HVLS), reflective membrane roofing, exterior sun shading and exterior building insulation.