Since its inception in 1910, the Boy Scouts of America has been serving communities across the country by providing youth development programs. The facility now serves the central Indiana Scouting community, which includes nearly 11,000 volunteers and more than 34,500 Scouts and their families.
The Scout Education and Program Center is the operational headquarters for the Crossroads of America Council. The building includes the program facility, scout executive offices, a scout retail store, large gathering rooms and indoor and outdoor training areas. The land required extensive site work, including working around existing wetlands, selectively clearing a heavily-wooded lot and installing an acre retention pond.
Sustainable project features include native landscaping, waterless urinals, motion sensing faucets and flush valves, natural lighting, occupancy sensor lights, eco-friendly insulation, passive solar heating and daylight windows.
The facility was designed to provide the CAC with a large administrative space, indoor and outdoor training capabilities and the capacity to host large gatherings. Window selection and placement were important in achieving this goal. The project team worked with the architect in determining window placement, type and quantity. The high volume of windows and selected glazing allow for a large amount of natural light to enter the facility. The windows chosen are operable and can be used to heat and cool the building during temperate seasons. The main gathering area has a wall of windows and doors that can be opened to expand the space to accommodate larger groups of people, and the windows provide an uninterrupted view of the area landscape, creating an aesthetic that reflects the Boy Scouts' relationship with the outdoors.