The Hurst Senior Activity Center’s new home was born from the adaptive reuse of a 1970s big-box retail store.

Photo: Roger Hein

The transformation of the former Cavender’s Boot Store into the new senior center included retaining a majority of the existing structure and exterior concrete tilt-wall to reduce construction cost, time and landfill waste. The use of local material suppliers bolstered the economy and returned tax revenue to the tax base in the form of a community service.

The interior has been transformed into an airy, open venue with a vibrant color palette that provides orientation clues for people in the building. The spaces vary from high-use finish in activity spaces to elegant and warm materials for the dining, library and guest reception areas.

The transitional furniture selections include large lounge chairs with arms and wide bases to help people sit and stand up. New building systems provide an energy-efficient and control-sensitive environment for seniors and staff.

The Activity Center is one part of an overall redevelopment of an older area of Hurst. The overhaul was implemented by the city of Hurst to rebrand the heart of the city as a pedestrian friendly, aesthetically pleasing, communal gathering space.

The Komatsu Architecture and AUI Contractors team worked closely with city administrators to determine and achieve long-term goals for energy efficiency, ease of maintenance and technological expansion capabilities.

Key Players

Submitted by: AUI Contractors
Owner/developer: City of Hurst, Texas
General contractor/construction manager: AUI Contractors, Fort Worth
Architect: Komatsu Architecture Inc., Fort Worth
Civil and MEP engineer: Baird, Hampton & Brown Inc., Fort Worth
Structural engineer: MYD, Hurst