Benicia Community Center

Benicia Community Center

City of Benicia

The City of Benicia sought to convert a 1960s-era elementary school building into a community center offering senior and teen activities, health and recreation programs, meeting and rental space, and preschool facilities. Noll & Tam collaborated with stakeholders such as Scout representatives, the Benicia Senior Citizens Board of Directors, and interested neighbors to refine a design and program. Major design components include a new entry foyer and main offices, conversion of existing rooms into City offices, and renovation of classrooms to serve as multipurpose spaces. One entire wing houses the local Boy and Girl Scout chapters. Moving the main entrance from the street to the courtyard side mitigated sound and traffic issues and created a new “face” and identity for the building. Interior finishes enliven a previously institutional interior with bright colors, lighting, and signage. The new community center is an asset for the City, a place for residents to gather and enjoy yoga classes, Spanish lessons, computer classes, or cooking demonstrations.

Construction Cost: 
$4.2 million
Completion Date: 
June 2011