SMP Architects

Martin Luther King Older Adult Center

Light filled open spaces and environmentally responsible construction welcome the members to the Martin Luther King Older Adult Center.


Formerly housed within the Martin Luther King Recreation Center at 2101 Cecil B. Moore Avenue, the OAC was at times able to utilize Rec Center space to expand its offerings. However, attendance numbers were limited and the availability of programs for older adults was constrained by the needs of the Rec Center. In order to more fully serve the older adult constituency in this neighborhood, SMP designed a new building to house only the Older Adult Center and its programs. 

  • Client

    City of Philadelphia, Department of Parks and Recreation

  • Project Area

    10,000 square feet

  • Completion Date


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  • MLK exterior dusk from corner credit halkin mason mid

Sustainably Designed Community Space

The MLK OAC is located across the street from the MLK Rec Center, providing continuity for the members. The new building houses a billiards room, large open activity spaces, food service areas, and classroom spaces for art, fitness, technology, and other pursuits. The OAC provides a place for interaction and community use that fills a need for the neighborhood.


Environmentally responsible design decisions included the polished concrete floors, exposed building structure, incorporation of extensive natural daylight, LED artificial lighting, and selection of materials with recycled content. 


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