Good Hope Neighborhood Recreation Center14715 Good Hope Road
Silver Spring, MD 20905
Design Achievement – Initially constructed in 1976 with subsequent additions, the Good Hope Neighborhood Recreation Center was in critical need of a comprehensive replacement. To meet Montgomery County’s operational and functional needs, DLR Group designed a new 14,000-SF, state-of-the art facility that delivers a safe, accessible, and energy-efficient public amenity to the county and its residents. DLR Group’s design implements a new site plan that corrects poor site utilization by switching the location of the recreation building and parking lot. This arrangement places the building on the site’s most prominent corner, affording a more commanding presence along Good Hope Road and enhancing community connection to the facility. The parking lot is centrally located with respect to all of the facilities, including the tennis and basketball courts, as well as the north softball field, which dramatically improves access to the site. Positioning the building on the street side of the vehicular entrance also improves visibility of all outdoor program areas from the parking area. To minimize overlap among different user groups, DLR Group delineated active, quiet, and multi-use zones throughout the facility. Each zone is thoughtfully organized around the building’s entry, thereby establishing this two-story concourse as a focal element intended to foster social interaction. Interior frameless glass partitions enclose the primary activity spaces from this transparent central concourse but maintain visual connection, both maximizing daylight potential and building security. The building entry’s glass expanse continues to the North façade, streaming in a day-lit contextual appeal to the second floor, which contains the fitness center and lounge area.
Scope Summary – The program includes elements such as a gymnasium, fitness area, office/workroom, computer lab, and social/activities area. The design blends intuitive strategy with the county’s need for systematic adjacencies and visual security. DLR Group’s design encompasses sustainable building strategies, keeping the project on track for LEED Silver certification. Among the primary strategies used are incorporating a green roof, geothermal-sourced HVAC system, and lighting and thermal controls. DLR Group provided architecture, planning, and interiors services.