Northern Lights Community Center

The Northern Lights Community Center project was spearheaded by a group of community members, which hope to strengthen and improve their community's health. Numerous programming meetings that were open to public input were held to create the buildings' program. The consensus was to provide a facility, which would promote physical fitness and support wellness programs along with being a center for community activities of all types and for all ages.

With all this in mind, the Community Center was designed for community wellness, activities and recreation. It includes a multipurpose gymnasium with retractable seating for 3,000 people, four locker rooms, weight room, aerobics room, hydrotherapy pools, and hot tub and steam rooms for each gender. The Center also includes a commercial kitchen for preparing senior meals and large functions, a concessions kitchen, commons/dining area seating 100, twenty-one offices, an information center, conference room, a computer classroom, three general-purpose classrooms, and a cultural display area.

Sustainable design strategies were used on this project. They include a geothermal loop, use of native plantings to minimize water consumption, large overhangs to reduce solar gain, and use of windows to decrease the need for task lighting. Over 20% of the building materials were manufactured within 400 miles of the project.

The Center will be used by all age groups for a variety of activities such as senior meals, public education classes, basketball tournaments, boat and recreation shows, pow wows, recreation programs, and youth activities. The community's goal was to provide a facility for the wellness of the community and a center for gathering. The 60,000 square foot facility was completed in 2003 at a cost of $5,200,000.


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