The Albuquerque Jewish Community Center Campus is the culmination of over twenty years of design and fundraising by community leaders, educators and citizen/members. The 64,000 sf project encompasses three separate facilities within a campus-like setting. These include a preschool/day care center, the Solomon Schechter K-8 School, and the main community/recreation center. The community center features a health club, café/deli, kitchen, administration area, aerobics/dance space, multipurpose 300 seat social hall, senior center, memorial library, teen lounge, arts and crafts room, a gymnasium, and a 25-yard, 6-lane pool. There is a multipurpose ball field, amphitheater, basketball courts and two child pay areas adjacent to the building.
The materials selected for the buildings include split-faced block, reminiscent of hand hewn Jerusalem stone. This highly functional, economical material provides rich texture and solid form at an affordable cost. The building masses and archways are inspired by historic Middle Eastern and Moorish architecture. The grouping of buildings on the campus recalls a sense of communal village where generations of neighbors can meet and share their culture.