M. J. Manatt Community Center

Pull Back

When we were called, the nonprofit foundation + contractor planned to build a new community center on the edge of town. After research + discussion, we suggested building it downtown to assist in the continued revitalization of Brooklyn, Iowa.


We embraced the challenge of using a prefab metal building system + a construction budget of $75/sf. The opportunity to further activate the downtown core + Jackson Street with an often-used community space energized the project.


Today the community center, built in memory of local businessman Michael J. Manatt, bustles with activity. We believe he would be proud of the finished building, located in the heart of Brooklyn, + that it is regularly used by locals + residents from outlying communities.

  • "Both the Community Center experience + the Public Safety Building experience have proved to be efficient, worthwhile investments that have given us community facilities that not only meet our needs but have become a source of Brooklyn pride.”
    Perry A. Wehrle, Public Safety Building Committee, East Poweshick Ambulance Services Vice President