Salvation Army Kroc Center Takes Top Honors in Inaugural Building Memphis Awards

March 1, 2013

From the Memphis Business Journal
Staff Memphis Business Journal

The Salvation Army Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center took top honors when it was named Project of the Year at Memphis Business Journal’s inaugural Building Memphis Awards, held Feb. 26 at Memphis Botanic Garden.

The Kroc Center is a 100,000-square-foot recreation, education, worship and arts center built at the Fairgrounds.

The Memphis chapter of Lambda Alpha International, whose focus is the advancement of land economics in the Memphis market, selected Kroc Center from a group of nine honored projects that were celebrated at the event.

A narrative prepared by Lambda Alpha describes its reasoning behind the selection:

“The Salvation Army Kroc Memphis Center was chosen as the 2013 Project of the Year as a result of its privately funded positive impact on the community through providing a safe, health conscious, environmentally friendly facility for all ages, races and economic backgrounds. While other projects submitted for consideration also had positive impacts on their respective neighborhoods, we felt that the Kroc Center’s impact was far-reaching and provides services for a broader base of individuals and families. In addition, the new facility is providing long-term employment to more than 100 full- and part-time employees including teaching, supervisory personnel and facility management employees.

“The facility was designed with LEED certification in mind and through multiple means they were able to provide an emphasis on environmental goals, energy efficiency and sustainability. Among other things, the Kroc Center uses buried water retention tanks to collect rainwater to water the soccer fields and concrete from the original site’s two swimming pools was recycled for the courtyard’s porous pavers to minimize runoff. This project will be a role model for other projects seeking the LEED certification in the future. In addition, this facility tremendously enhances the feasibility of executing the long-range master plan for the Fairgrounds.

“The Salvation Army Kroc Memphis Center’s revitalization efforts focus on cultivating humanity. It provides education, health and wellness programs, recreation and worship that encourage collaboration, mentorship and personal growth for those in the community. This innovative, long-term solution to the community challenge created by the closing of the Mid-South Fairgrounds in 2008 produces a significant impact on the quality of life of those taking part in the services it provides.”

Building Memphis, presented by CB Richard Ellis Memphis, was created as a commercial real estate recognition program designed to honor projects that have created a positive community impact in the areas of investment, new jobs, environmental leadership, renovation or revitalization. The event’s gold sponsor is Bass, Berry & Sims. Other projects honored at the event include:  Electrolux Home Products; FedEx Corp. Hub’s Main Screening Facility; Memphis Area Transit Authority’s Airways Transit Center; Local Gastropub in Overton Square; Legends Park; Memphis International Airport’s Ground Transportation Center; Streets Ministries at Graham Heights and Van Vleet Flats. The association partner for the awards is Building Owners & Managers Association (BOMA) Memphis. Champion Awards provided the awards.