Wakeman Boys and Girls Club
Location: Bridgeport, CT
Area: 44,570 SF
Completion: In Progress
The Wakeman Boys & Girls Club (WBGC) has expanded its reach to youth in the North End of Bridgeport with the construction of a new clubhouse facility located at 555 Madison Avenue. The 44,570 square foot freestanding building is a two-story, pre-engineered steel frame structure with conventional cast-in-place concrete foundations.
This new clubhouse houses a new gymnasium, various community rooms, teen and youth lounges, a technology/STEM center, performing arts space, day-care center, and several other supporting program spaces for WBGC. The second story will largely consist of recreational spaces, locker rooms, educational classroom space, and administrative/support space. Fit-outs on the second floor will provide clubhouse participants additional services through its partnership with Southwest Community Health Center and Bridgeport Caribe Youth Leaders.
Due to the topography of the property, the footprint of the building will need to be carved into the rear of an urban site, which is located adjacent to Central High School. Even though parking area is limited, almost 50 spaces were accommodated on-site for visitors and staff.
The interior finishes will consist of vibrant material throughout and will stimulate both pleasant working and recreational environments.