Blinder Center, Camp Pendleton

This 27,000 square foot facility in-cludes a Chapel, Social Hall, Class-rooms, and related support activities. Built in the midst of family housing on the Base, the Blinder Center was designed to be the focal point of this military community. The design for the Center provides a sense of spirituality through the creation of spaces and places for worship, without the use of typical religious elements. The non-denomi-national aspect of the complex was a primary factor in the design. The buildings define a central court-yard and are connected by a series of semi-covered breezeways. Building materials of concrete and masonry provide the sense of stability and permanence so essential to this par-ticular program type.