The former Fender Museum was acquired by the City of Corona as the corporation moved its production operations out of town. Staying true to its original character as museum of electric guitar history, the facility was converted into a 33,000 square foot inter-generational community center to offer a long sought-after public gathering area for the surrounding community.
The former warehouse space was converted into a gymnasium with regulation-size basketball and volleyball courts, and includes a new banquet room with warming kitchen to accommodate up to 450 guests. The facility also includes two 2,500 sf fitness rooms on an upper level which can be combined into a single space, along with multiple classrooms, music rooms, offices and additional support space. There is also an outdoor amphitheater and full-sized bar.
Design West Engineering served on the design team for all mechanical, electrical and plumbing throughout the building, which included meeting new code compliance regulations. Budget constraints posed a challenge as the renovation cost was roughly $75/sf; however, through close collaboration and value engineering, we were able to meet the City’s wish list within budget.-