MASON CITY, IOWA
AIA Iowa Chapter 2001 Merit Award of Excellence Iowa Commerce + AIA Iowa 2002 Honor Award of Excellence
Meeting the needs of a diverse client group, Boxwood’s innovative design for this $9 million, 58,000 square foot community recreation center found its inspiration in the careful integration of the function and material. All design decisions were based on the central concept that materials and structural elements should reinforce and enhance the separations, transfers, and connections between building components. These components include a childcare center, two gymnasiums, racquetball courts, a running track, spaces for social services, a free outreach clinic, an aerobics and wellness center, locker rooms, and a natatorium containing a competition length swimming pool. Central spaces are designed to be secure and enclosed, while peripheral areas are more transparent and feature connections to natural light, exterior landscaping, and views of the surrounding community.