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Providing afterschool activities for school-age children – from tutoring to sports, dance and music lessons – is the goal of the Salvation Army Youth Education Town (YET).
On a pro bono basis, the HKS Sports & Entertainment Group designed the education facility, which opened on October 14.
Under the operation of the Salvation Army, the facility will provide a safe haven for children to improve their physical, social, psychological and spiritual well-being.
The project involved the renovation of the existing 38,000-square-foot Salvation Army facility as well as designing a 7,500-square-foot addition. YET is located near Arlington’s downtown district, adjacent to the University of Texas at Arlington’s campus. It includes office, classroom, sports, dance, music and art room spaces as well as computer training labs.
“The exterior design and interior finishes reflect the Salvation Army’s mission and values, and create a community asset that will help change people’s lives and address their basic needs,” said Mark Williams, principal, HKS Sports & Entertainment Group.
Youth Education Town is a result of a joint effort by the National Football League (NFL), the Gene and Jerry Jones Family Arlington Youth Foundation and the North Texas Super Bowl XLV Host Committee. As a lasting legacy of the game, the NFL donates $1 million to establish a Youth Education Town in each city where the Super Bowl is played. In addition to the NFL donation, the Gene and Jerry Jones Family Arlington Charities provided a $1 million project grant.
The HKS Sports & Entertainment Group, ranked as one of the top sports and entertainment designers by BD World Architecture, has ushered in a new generation of multi-revenue-generating, world-class facilities. The group’s portfolio includes Cowboys Stadium, Lucas Oil Stadium, Miller Park and major renovations and additions for U.S. Cellular Field and Dodger Stadium. These venues are known for enhancing and leveraging team brand, delivering an enhanced fan experience, and serving as destination environments. HKS is ranked among the top 10 architectural/engineering firms, according to Building Design+Construction magazine, and operates from 27 U.S. and worldwide offices.