Groton Senior Center
The expanded Groton Senior Center in Groton, CT. meets needs and expectations of the city's growing senior citizen population. The amenities and new program spaces provide improved communication and socialization opportunities as well as physical fitness, wellness, multigenerational meeting and learning, and community interaction and involvement.

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The dining and entertainment space was enlarged to better host social events with the ability to seat up to 250 people for formal banquet events, and up to 500 people for lectures or performances on the newly designed stage. The new venue also supports numerous traveling shows, conferences and weddings, which helps create a source of revenue for expanded center programming. Parking capacity was almost tripled, also allowing for more handicapped parking spaces, and locating a greater percentage of spaces directly adjacent to the building.

In addition, a 3,000-square-foot exercise room boasts wall mirrors, exercise bars, storage rooms, a/v system, lighting and HVAC assemblies. The space has an operable room divider that can serve two exercise classes of 40 participants or one class of up to 100 participants. Offering additional opportunities for seniors to exercise, a walking circuit travels a tenth of a mile through the facility, physically connecting all of the center's activity and socialization spaces, and encouraging participation in both walking and other center activities through this connection.

Formal and Informal gathering spaces, including the entrance lounge and “Main Street," connect the interior program spaces to one another, and provide a place for seniors to bond with one another and the community.

As part of the expansion, improvements were made to the exterior aesthetic, eliminating asbestos-containing materials and creating a new exterior that embodies a homelike, traditional New England form.

CLIENT

Town of Groton, CT

LOCATION

Groton, CT

YEAR COMPLETED

2011

SIZE

22,000 SF

COST

$9.3 Million

QA+M Architecture is a full-service architectural firm that provides programming, planning and interior design for clients in Commercial, community, education, healthcare, historical, housing, and recreational/athletic markets. Staffed by 35 dedicated professionals, including 15 licensed architects, the firm has grown into one of the 10 largest architectural firms in Connecticut.

 

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