Architectural Firm Chosen to Design Kroc Center in Massena
Massena, NY - The Ray and Joan Kroc Community Center of Northern New York Committee continued toward 2007 construction with the selection of VIP Architectural Associates of Syracuse to design and build the Water Street facility.
"I would say as far as the committee is concerned, it's a huge step," Kroc Center spokesman Sanford T. Cook said of the Architect selection. "Now we can sit down and put some plans on paper."
The $11 million building is set to include a teen social center, indoor athletic fields, a swimming pool, a 300-seat theater and several multi-purpose rooms. It and seven other Northeastern locations will be funded by part of a $1.4 billion endowment left to the Salvation Army by California philanthropist Joan B. Kroc.
The plans materialized throughout 2005 during public presentations and meetings of a colunteer committee assembled to submit the application for funding. Having the architect on board will help the buildin and the programming offered inside take shape, Mr. Cook said.
"VIP brings a wealth of experience in projects like this and they bring a lot of people to the table who know exactly what they're doing," he said.
VIP's recent portfolio includes the similar Skaneateles Community Recreational Facility in Central New York. The firm also had a role in the Kroc Center preliminary stage, drafting conceptual drawings for the funding application.
Officials from the Salvation Army and Georgia-based Cornerstone USA, which was selected as the Kroc Center project manager last month, plan to meet with VIP staff next week.
Watertown Daily Times by Shane M. Liebler - May 8, 2006