Joel E. Smilow
Clubhouse & Teen Center
at Rainier Vista

Seattle, WA

Boys & Girls Club of King County

40,000 sf facility


  • JESCTC Exterior
  • JESCTC Teen Center Entry
  • JESCTC Clubhouse Entry
  • JESCTC Gym
  • JESCTC Gym entry
  • JESCTC Gym
  • JESCTC Interiors Detail
  • JESCTC Games Room and Interior Stair
  • JESCTC Common Area Games Room

Located in the Rainier Vista mixed-income community, this new facility houses a teen center, Boy’s & Girls Club, and informally serves as a neighborhood center.

Essential program elements include a divisible double gym, large multipurpose room, games rooms, technology labs, learning centers, classrooms, music studio, and an internet café. The large double gym is utilized for community events. The quiet learning spaces are located on the second floor with the more active recreational spaces located on the main floor next to the gym space.

The restrictive budget dictated the use of industrial building systems such as prefabricated steel trusses and insulated concrete panels. Commonly used in apple warehouses, the panels provided a cost-effective and indestructible construction system. Exposed steel framing and a functional palette of materials provided a durable and low-maintenance facility.

Illuminated by effective day lighting, the simply shaped spaces are dynamic. The design also allows for efficient and effective staff supervision.

AIA Seattle Honor Awards for Washington Architecture, Commendation, 2010
LEED Silver Certified

Photography: © Michael Burns