San Felice sul Panaro, Italy

Related program: Enel Cuore Community Empowerment

The project, located in San Felice sul Panaro, in Italy, is part of the Enel Community Empowerment Program in partnership with Architecture for Humanity


STATUS: In Construction
NEXT MILESTONE: Design the exterior areas.


CONTEXT AND PROJECT

On May 2012 a powerful earthquake devastated the city of San Felice and its historic Centro Polisportivo (multi-sport center), rendering uninhabitable a complex that was for decades the focal point of community social and recreational life. The project aims to structurally reinforce the building and initiate new activities, primarily focused on people with physical and mental challenges, the elderly and youth.
This work is part of a wider project by the local authorities to renovate the Polisportivo precinct; including the main building (a warehouse converted into a multifunctional center) as well as smaller side buildings hosting the Blue Cross, a disability rehabilitation center, and a blood donation center.

The new project includes:

  • Repairing earthquake damage to the structure of the central warehouse building.
  • Interior renovation of the warehouse to inject new of programs including a Bocci court, laboratories, and a rehabilitation gym.
  • Renovation of the 2 smaller side buildings.
  • Renovation of community bar, located within warehouse.
  • Exterior works including a playground, skate park, community garden and a photovoltaic shade structure.

The project aims revitalize this local landmark in order to harness sports as a tool for social inclusion and positive change. The final center aims to serve as a beacon of hope and inspiration for the local community in their dedicated efforts to rebuild a normal social life and a resilient future strengthening relationships among all members of the community through collective engagement in sports.

PROJECT LOCATION: SAN FELICE SUL PANARO - ITALY

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ORGANISATIONS INVOLVED

Sponsoring partner Project Management Local Partner
Municipality of San Felice sul Panaro

ARCHITECTURE FOR HUMANITY
The role of Architecture for Humanity is essential throughout all the project development stages. The first step is to analyze the feasibility of the project in order to design an appropriate building that relates to the existing context and the community can take full ownership of the project. Architecture for Humanity is managing the design, construction and construction administration of the school, making sure that the project represents the community’s objectives and the project is developed within schedule and budget. The role of Architecture for Humanity also consists in post-occupancy services in order to build a quality infrastructure that will be sustainable and used by the Emilia Romagna communities for many years to come.

KEY DOCUMENTS
Design Development Drawings- 1st March 2013
Community Engagement Workshop- 27 November 2012
Schematic Design Approval Package- 6 March 2013

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