Greer's Community Center

about the design

For the village of Greer Arizona, we were selected among a group of competing architects, to design a community center on a site along the east side of Greer's Main Street,  adjacent to the Sitgreaves National Forest meadow and the meandering Little Colorado River.

  • Thanks to the Ragel Family, many other donors, and an Arizona Chapter American Institute of Architects' Richard Goewey Memorial Grant,  this facility is in ongoing demand day and night as the Ragel Family Greer Community Center.
  • The following words were shared by Bill Kurtz AIA during the center's opening ceremony.  " Years of designing, building, and funding are behind us. Now is the time for using. Stroll through the grove of aspens and discover leaf prints in the building.. Greer is a place with changing seasons, wonderful open meadow lands, and forest refuge. Pass the curved walls of the building and find the horse shoe prints. Remember years of horseback riding on well worn trails over meadow, across streams, through forest, and back into town. Recall your fond memories and visits.Enjoy the Ponderosa exterior which was locally harvested and locally milled from our precious forests. Appreciate our natural resources via the exposed plywood and glue laminated beams that are typically hidden beneath our building finishes.Touch the cinder fireplace and sense a greater history.See the painted doors and window frames and notice the winter branches of near by willows.Gather as a community in front of panoramic meadow views, and be inspired. Inspired by the natural beauty of this place and inspired by the collective efforts of this community such as the preservation of the Greer meadow.Grab a book and enjoy the summer rain as it drips evenly across the window view.Now is the time for using. Now is the time for you."