Portsmouth Senior Activity Center

Adaptive Reuse


City of Portsmouth




Portsmouth, NH

Adaptive reuse for an engaged community

We teamed with the City of Portsmouth and engineers AECm to transform a mid-century utilitarian structure into a welcoming 21st-century multi-use space. The project reimagines a former 1950s Army Reserve Center as a vibrant hub to support programming for the local senior community. The municipal facility will not only meet the current need for flexible spaces of various sizes, but also anticipate future growth of multi-generational community resources on the site.

A new entrance vestibule and canopy will provide a covered arrival and seating area and put a welcoming face on the building. The lounge, a comfortable and inviting gathering space, is the focal point of the new interior while activity rooms of various sizes allow for flexible use, from lectures to yoga and dancing. Finishes throughout the building, including the wood vestibule, tiled fireplace, and felt panel accent walls were chosen to soften the existing masonry construction and provide warm, tactile material elements.