Sited in an area of Poway that includes the city library, police station, and city hall, this new 29,000 square foot community center and senior center was designed to mirror the mission-style aesthetic of the neighboring city service buildings. Named after a former beloved mayor, the Mickey Cafagna Community Center encourages outdoor gathering with its two open courtyards, while also providing both small and large indoor class/meeting rooms and multi-purpose spaces. The front façade and main entry are emphasized to draw patrons into and through the lobby, with its vaulted ceiling, clerestory windows, and exposed wooden trusses. Flanked on either side by offices and workspaces for City employees, the primary entrance to the Community Center provides a central point of access, which the former facility was lacking.
The aesthetic quality of this building was very important to the community of Poway. During concept design and throughout design development, the design team held several meetings with community leaders to get their input on the aesthetics of the building. JKA’s design team was able to work closely with city staff to make significant improvements to the designs initially envisioned for the project. These collaboration efforts resulted in a highly successful project for the Community of Poway.