Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center

Project Type:
Community Recreation
Salem, Oregon

Joan Kroc, the widow of McDonald’s restaurant founder Ray Kroc, donated $1.6 billion to The Salvation Army for the purpose of establishing centers that offer opportunity, education, recreation and inspiration. Located throughout the United States, these centers are dubbed The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center.

The definition:

A Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center should consist of facilities and programs of superb quality that provide children, youth, families and individuals with character- and confidence-building educational and recreational arts and other activities; it should also be a beacon of hope and an agent of change in an underserved community.

The Salem Kroc Center is designed to achieve LEED Silver certification. The aquatics portion, designed by WTI, includes something for everyone, with an Oregon landscape-themed indoor pool that features multiple program zones. One zone is for recreation and program uses, and includes a play structure that straddles the current channel, a waterslide wrapped around a replica of the Yaquina Head Lighthouse, and an indoor whirlpool. The other zone has a Myrtha competition pool with an inflatable obstacle course and 1-meter diving board. Outside, there is a geyser-laden spraypad spanning nearly 2,000 square feet.

“When you have a facility like this, kids in a poverty situation get exposed to new options for their future," Salem Mayor Janet Taylor said in an interview with The Oregonian. "They don’t feel locked into the cycle. You might end up with an Olympic swimmer out of this––you never know.”

Project Highlights
  • 3,582-square-foot leisure pool: Zero depth entry, Interactive play structure, Kiddie slide, Geysers, Deck sprays, 91 LF current channel, Vortex
  • Hydrotherapy bench
  • Body slide
  • 194-square-foot family whirlpool
  • 25-yard-by-25-meter competition pool
  • Inflatable obstacle course
  • 2 1-meter diving board
  • Outdoor: 1,951-square-foot spray pad

U.S. Green Building Council LEED® Silver Certification

Innovative Architecture and Design Award, Recreation Management, 2010

American Institute of Architects Award of Merit, Salem Chapter of the AIA, 2009

First Place Award - Private Buildings Category, Daily Journal of Commerce Top Projects, 2010

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