The Challenge Program is a non-profit focused on experiential educational programs that teach construction trades to at-risk youths ages 18-21 through hands-on training on community development projects. Currently under construction, the new administrative and vocational headquarters for the program will serve as a training ground for current students involved in its construction, a “green” teaching tool for future generations of students, and an inspiring showpiece for the non-profit’s educational mission. Located on a brownfield site, the building will incorporate a myriad of sustainable design principles and technologies such as geothermal heating, photovoltaics, vegetated roofs, passive solar heating, and building material reuse.
All the reclaimed materials in the project will come from local sources, including floor joists sourced from an adjacent abandoned train car factory and wood from pickle barrels used at a nearby pickle factory. The pickle barrel wood will be used to create a distinctive rainscreen façade. The façade is intended to be a vibrant and tangible symbol of the construction knowledge skills gained by the program’s students. Soon to be armed with a facility that can increase its programmatic capacity and strengthen its identity, The Challenge Program is boldly positioning its graduates to not only join, but lead the emerging green construction industry.
Reclaimed Materials (by application): Wood/Lumber
Location: Kalmar Nyckel Shipyard, Wilmington, DE
Date of Completion: 2011
Architect: DIGSAU Architects
Client: The Challenge Program
The Challenge Program