Project Summary

Moving their Corps Center closer to the community they serve was a top priority for the Salvation Army in Burlington, IA. Klingner helped make this dream a reality by designing a building that is both tailored to the organization’s current needs and primed for future expansions.

Conscious of their program and funding limitations, Klingner’s team worked with local and division staff to adjust the building design to fit their current program and circulation requirements. The Phase I design opens into a secured entryway with a lockable walk-thru food pantry, a reception desk, and direct access to the social worker’s office.

Across the hall sits a large chapel / fellowship hall with a movable divider, allowing staff the flexibility to accommodate simultaneous programming, larger meals, or expanded worship services. The fellowship hall, which serves daily meals, features a wall of hooks under the Salvation Army’s motto so that personal items can remain close to clients without blocking the space. A commercial kitchen connects to the fellowship hall, complete with a serving window, food storage, and a dish room. A classroom for small breakout sessions, a back patio, and an office for a future youth program director were also built in Phase I.

The building and site were prepared architecturally, structurally, and mechanically for two additional phases:

  • Phase II – Gymnasium & Youth Program classrooms
  • Phase III – Larger Chapel and Fellowship Hall