The City of South Bend Department of Venues Parks & Arts commissioned JPR to design a $3.5 million renovation for the Charles Black Community Center. This effort is a direct result of the City’s 5-Year Park Master Plan that identified a need for additional recreational and programming spaces to serve its residents.
Knowing the community center needed significant renovations, JPR met with both the general public and the center’s staff to identify what amenities were needed in the remodeled facility. Through this process, it was identified that a new gymnasium, locker rooms, restrooms, larger kitchen, and more storage were essential. The concept that JPR proposed met all requests and was also designed to meet the proposed budget. JPR, utilizing its available in-house consulting services during all aspects of the design and construction process, provided building programming, schematic design, variance and rezoning efforts, construction documents, and construction administration for this project.