The Diamond Hill Community Center is currently located in the close knit, multi-generational and largely Hispanic neighborhood of Diamond Hill, Fort Worth, Texas.
GFF Architects was commissioned to design a new 25,000 SF building to replace the adjacent outdated center and to facilitate continuous operation during construction. The new center will host a popular after-school program for the adjacent elementary school, a teen program, community events, and a variety of fitness classes that include karate, dance, and boxing. A competition sized gym provides facilities for basketball and volleyball tournaments.
To house many of these larger gathering spaces in an economical and efficient manner, the new building uses a combination of three pre-manufactured long span metal building structures connected by the main entry and lobby. These structures are prominently displayed both inside and outside the building. Along with the simple masonry and metal building skin, as well as the brightly colored glazed block color accents that reference traditional Hispanic textiles, the new building creates a contextually and programmatically unique building for a unique neighborhood.
Construction is scheduled to complete in December 2022.