Hands-on Heritage is working with ELS Architecture & Urban Design to research historical and contemporary Veterans’ stories and tell these stories, from the Civil War through the 21st Century, as well as to preserve the stories and celebrate the mission of the NFL Alumni of Northern California, in media-rich exhibits and displays at the Veterans Memorial Senior Center in Redwood City, California. Design partners on the project include Cambridge Seven, Cortina Productions, and Natalie Zanecchia Design.
According to ELS Architecture, & Urban Design, the new Veterans Memorial Senior Center and Joint YMCA will replace aging facilities at Red Morton Park, and provide additional space for both facilities as well as adding new green space to Redwood City. The new senior center will include a 400-seat theater, gymnasium, kitchen, multipurpose rooms, garden space, and a technology hub and will be completely accessible. The new YMCA will include a health and wellness center, multiple swimming pools, childcare, locker rooms, and space for adult, youth, and family programs. The transparent design brings in more natural light and gives the building a more welcoming tone by allowing passers-by to see inside and watch the programmed activities bustle away.