Westlake Community Services Center

Westlake, OH
Architect of Record: DS Architecture

Services Provided

  • Site evaluation
  • Pre-design programming, space planning and project cost projection
  • Design consultation throughout all phases of design and construction

Design Considerations

  • Ease and safety of navigation by vehicle and foot through a busy multi-amenity complex
  • Visual connection to (and ease of interaction with) lush natural surroundings and outdoor amenities
  • Social services accommodated with due privacy
  • Vibrant open spaces to support informal socialization
  • Step-free auditorium with generously spaced tiered seating
  • Central courtyard introduces natural light throughout the building
  • Curbless parking lot with pedestrian walkways incorporated

Lifespan Design Studio worked closely with Westlake Community Services on planning, site evaluation, and design for a new center to accommodate programs and services for seniors and youth. Lifespan guided the evaluation of options including the potential adaptive reuse of various existing community buildings, and opportunities and limitations associated with several sites under consideration for new construction. A preliminary architectural program was developed along with “program fit” site plans, floor plans and cost estimates to support the thorough evaluation of each option, leading to the City’s decision to construct a new center in an existing multi-amenity community park.

Lifespan continued to serve at the City’s request with DS Architecture in the design of the new ~28,000 square foot center completed in 2021. The state-of-the art facility incorporates a multi-purpose gathering hall, 180 seat auditorium, exercise and equipped fitness studios, classroom, art studio, conference room, production kitchen, community pantry, lobby café, staff offices and multiple direct service offices. Outdoor amenities include two pickleball courts, bocce courts, a generously sized covered patio, and direct access to the park’s extensive trail system.