Laurel-Beltsville Senior Activity Center

Laurel, MD
Architect of Record: Waldon Studio Architects

Services Provided:

  • Architectural programming
  • Design support
  • Consultation throughout design and construction*

Design Considerations:

  • Accommodate expanding demand, dynamic needs and interests
  • Support specialized and generalized functions
  • Community/rental use
  • State-of-the-art technology and amenities
  • Modern lodge aesthetic
  • Participants of diverse ages and abilities

Doug Gallow led an intensive programming phase (involving client representatives and members of the target population) for a new community-based facility to support the needs and interests of a rapidly expanding senior population. The 23,500 square foot state-of-the-art facility includes dedicated and flexible-use rooms to accommodate a spectrum of activities ranging from intimate discussion groups to large-group presentations and celebrations. Specialized spaces include a computer training and conference center, equipped fitness room, aerobics, studio, fine arts room, ceramics room, and woodworking studio. The flexible-use “great room” features an accessible stage, sound and lighting system, and two projection screens, and is dividable into four sections to support different uses and group sizes. A naturally lit lobby incorporates a snack bar and fireside lounge, offering easy access to a large patio with raised planters and views of site amenities.

*Lifespan Design Studio served as a consultant to the architect of record, Waldon Studio Architects, and through Colimore Gallow Architects. Photos by Tom Lesser.