2010 | Walltown Recreation Center | Durham, NC

The Walltown Recreation Center is 24,000-square-foot multi-use community facility located in Durham’s historic Walltown neighborhood. The building is sited on a narrow strip of parkland overlooking a creek bed. Program features include a gymnasium that can double as an assembly hall, a suspended running track, teen and senior centers, dance studios, classrooms and media lab and administrative space. The design incorporates the neighborhood’s original community center, which was built by local residents in the mid-1960s.

Sustainable features include a site plan that limits the demolition of significant existing hardwoods and promotes best practices of stormwater management. The building’s envelope is highly efficient and includes insulation and air-infiltration measures well above recommended standards for a facility of this type.

The design process required public presentations to neighborhood groups and oversight regulatory boards in Durham, all facilitated by Szostak Design in collaboration with the project’s architect-of-record, George Williams.

Photography by Jim Sink Photography