Challengers Boys & Girls Club and Tennis Club
Los Angeles, CA
|Challengers Boys and Girls Club
||44,000 SF, Tennis Club: 2,400 SF
Founded in 1968, Challengers Boys and Girls Club serves over 5000 children in South Los Angeles each year. Our work for the organization began in 1996 with the renovation of the existing facility, a former grocery store, into dance and weight-lifting rooms, and construction of a new attached education building.
The expanded facility brought classrooms for science and art, as well as a library and computer room. A large multi-purpose space for performances and community functions is supported by a commercial kitchen. New play rooms for different age groups connect to double-height hallways and stairways, designed to be fun spaces for maximum interaction. Outside is a landscaped courtyard and lunch area.
Master planned as part of a full block to be occupied by Challengers Boys and Girls Club, Challengers Tennis Club is the first tennis center to be built in South Los Angeles. Four tennis courts, a clubhouse with viewing stands, a snack bar and eating area are included in the facility.
Reducing energy use and solar generation were requirements of a major donor to the project. The clubhouse, without air conditioning, has large opposing windows for cross ventilation. The second floor viewing deck is shaded by a roof structure covered with 2000 SF of photovoltaic panels. The panels generate 100% of the electrical needs of the building and court lighting. The reduction in greenhouse gas emissions is estimated at about 40 tons per year.
OUR NEIGHBORHOOD FAVORITE
Exposition Park Rose Garden
Stop and smell the roses at this historic seven-acre garden in Exposition Park.