Levy Senior and Community Center
Evanston, Illinois / United States of America
The 25,500 square foot Levy Senior Center is located in a 27 acre park. Since 2002, the Center has successfully served its original role and has expanded to include all-ages.
It has operated at maximum capacity for thirteen years, creating a space for the seniors while incorporating intergenerational programming. "The Architects produced a vibrant, multi-use Center that has served this diverse community with wide-ranging needs from yoga classes to weddings."
The design approach visually and symbolically maximizes the City’s finite green space with a see-through, pavilion-like building. The Center has three components: a glass- and wood louver-enclosed classroom wing, providing views into the Center and out to the park while protecting the occupants from the glare and heat of direct sunlight; a multipurpose gymnasium and theater enclosed with light-diffusing, translucent fiberglass panels; and offices and support spaces clad in brick and aluminum.
Natural materials were selected for durability and sustainability. The center includes a courtyard specifically designed for use by physically disabled people. A slate border inside and around the courtyard provides a tactile warning with high contrast definition for visitors who are visually impaired. The wood louvers are built from sassafras, a weather-resistant, sustainably-harvested species.
Architect of RecordRoss Barney Architects
ContractorCity of Evanston
General ContractorBulley and Andrews
- CE Anderson Associates
- Ramm Associates
- Terra Engineers