Sadye Gibbs Martin Community Center
When Plant City’s beloved, nearly 50-year-old community center was damaged during Hurricane Irma, the difficult decision was made to demolish the aging center and build a more modern, resilient one in its place. The goal was to build a lasting facility that, like the one before it, will provide a safe and welcoming place for the Plant City community to come together. With this vision in mind, the city partnered with The Lunz Group to design a vibrant, new community center that’s dedicated to sustainability and weather preparedness, and that future generations will be able to enjoy for many years to come.
The new, brightly colored community center – named after local leader and inspirational figure, Sadye Gibbs Martin – is multiple times larger than the former facility and offers a little something for everyone. With two full-size basketball courts, four volleyball courts, eight pickleball courts, meeting rooms, crafts rooms, a computer lab, and even a kitchen facility for catering events, the Sadye Gibbs Martin Community Center provides more opportunities and space for leagues, classes, and valuable out-of-school youth programs. The center also features an abundance of soft, natural daylight diffused through Guardian 275® translucent wall panel systems that help to create a comfortable and enriching atmosphere where people can spend hours at a time.
In addition to providing the community center with glare-free natural light, the Guardian 275® systems are also designed to help protect the building and its occupants from possible damage caused by severe weather. For the many members of the Plant City community that regularly visit the center and rely on its programs, having a sustainable facility that is able to withstand the hot, humid, and hurricane-prone Florida climate is critical. The Guardian 275® systems, having undergone rigorous testing to achieve Florida Product Approval, assist the facility in meeting those standards.
The translucent wall systems further support the community center’s sustainable goals by limiting solar heat gain, thereby reducing HVAC loads and controlling energy use during peak use hours. Click HERE to learn more about why Guardian 275® systems are a high performing and dependable translucent daylighting solution.