The Soo Locks Recreation Center (SLRC)
The building has been cultivated over the course of the semester as an architectural response to natural forces such as water and daylight as well as integrating the program of a community recreation center. The project is located in Sault Ste. Marie Michigan and is situated in Ashmun Bay Park. The informed design of the roof is based on the movement of water using slopes and green roofs to filter the water into a closed-loop system that services the building's water supply. The Living Building Challenge was an main influence on the pursuit of an integrated water harvesting, treatment, and usage plan.
Kathryn Simplicio is a senior architecture student at Lawrence Technological University and will be pursuing my masters degree at LTU. With an interest in water and the natural forces our built environments have relationships with, their comprehensive design project has centered itself around the harvesting and reuse of water. In addition to water, daylight was an extreme influence on the facades and orientation of the building in relation to the Ashmun Bay site in Sault Ste. Marie. After graduating in May, Kathryn will be working for Passero Associates and will be working toward her architectural license.