Design Guide: Recreation Centers - Individual Space Criteria - January 1976
4-4 SMALL GROUP ACTIVITIES (continued)
h. SPECIAL INTEREST AREA,
(4) Relationships. Locate adjacent to and
This space houses special
immediately accessible to lobby and outside
interest programs such as classes, clubs, and
and toilets. It must be designed to operate on
activities so that they may
hours independently of the remainder of the
function at hours when the remainder of the
facility is closed as well as when it is open. The
activities include hobbies, such as coin collec-
(5) Design Considerations. This space must
ting, ski club, etc.; wives' club meetings;
be able to accommodate a complete change in
coffeehouse activities such as rap sessions; small
decor to correspond with unique programs.
group entertainment presentations; and snack
These activities are independent of other Center
preparation and service.
activities and are potentially noisy. The area
should be completely partitioned and insulated
(2) Participants. Small groups of two to
sixty; meetings of from twenty to sixty.
Special interest programs require a storage area
and one independent program office for a
19,800 SF & 27,800 SF Centers
full-time staff member. The office should be
adjacent to the special interest room and have
control of the storage room.
Figure 4-20 Special Interest Area