District 1 Community Center

Black River Falls, WI

This $15 million project for the District 1 Community Center in Black River Falls, WI looks amazing with more than 65,000 square feet of precast concrete.

The new District 1 Community Center replaced its former counterpart near Ho-Chunk Gaming that opened in the late 1990s and provided a space for youth services, recreational and cultural programming in addition to some space for sports.

The new facility was needed because of the aging Center building and its associated maintenance costs. The new facility has more space and areas for community education, youth services, athletics, and allows for both collaboration and separate spaces as needed for events and programming.

The youth center includes classrooms, office space, a kitchen area and a multi-purpose gymnasium, and there is a tournament size gym with locker rooms, a fitness center and track for athletic programming. There is also computer labs, classrooms, offices, and meeting areas for community education.

Construction began on the project in October 2016 and the project was complete in November 2017.  Wells was responsible for the production and erection of 223 members of precast including 161 insulated architectural wall panels.  The wall panels used a mix of sandblast, acid etch and formliner-created finishes and features to create the unique façade.  Double tees, structural wall panels and hollowcore completed the precast construction.

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Rick Girard, LEED AP