May 22, 2012
DENVER, CO – Ten years in the making, the Eagle View Adult Center opened its doors to an enthusiastic public on January 17, 2012. The official grand opening was held on May 18 and was well attended by the community.
The City of Brighton hired Denver firm, Barker Rinker Seacat Architecture, in 2003 to complete a feasibility study assessing the needs of Brighton residents, creating a development/operational plan, and designing the concept for a new senior center. Financing was secured in 2009 and the facility has now seen completion of Phase 1 of the three-phase project. “This project has been a labor of love from the start,” says Dave Hammel, principal of Barker Rinker Seacat Architecture. “After many design iterations, we are glad to see the first phase finally built and we look forward to working closely with the City of Brighton on the subsequent phases.”
The goal of the new 18,000-square-foot, $5.4 million Eagle View Adult Center is to provide a versatile facility that will accommodate the advanced-age community’s recreation, fitness and social needs. The design team held workshops with a steering committee and public meetings with the community to gather input to inform programming and operations decisions. From those meetings, it was determined that social opportunities represented the greatest unmet need among Brighton’s aging population, and thus Phase 1 of the facility included community, arts and support spaces.
A café, computer lab, billiards and game room, divisible 250-seat multipurpose room with a raised stage, classrooms, crafts studio, commercial kitchen and garden round out the active aging facility. Phase 2 will add fitness and recreation functions to the center, with an aquatic element to be realized in Phase 3 of the project, for an estimated total of $10.4 million. Based on public input, a “prairie” theme reminiscent of Frank Lloyd Wright’s work was incorporated throughout the one-story, accessible-friendly building, which sits at the edge of a new 1.7-acre park.
Designed for LEED® Silver or possibly Gold certification, the Eagle View Adult Center boasts such sustainable measures as an optimized building envelope, ground-source heat pump system, natural daylighting with automated lighting controls, louvered shades, low-flow toilet fixtures and water-efficient landscaping that will reduce water usage by 40 percent, and a “rain garden” that employs roof runoff to water the plants. Having designed the North Boulder Recreation Center, the first LEED® certified project of its kind in the U.S., Barker Rinker Seacat Architecture is no newcomer to the concept of “green design.”
Barker Rinker Seacat Architecture’s history with the City of Brighton began with the renovation of the senior center back in 1985, after which the firm designed the Brighton Recreation Center. The firm then worked with the city on several studies for the senior center, which ultimately became the Eagle View Adult Center, as well as the design of the recently completed Brighton Oasis Family Aquatic Park in 2011.
The Eagle View Adult Center is located at 1150 Prairie Center Parkway, Brighton, Colorado 80601, and is open Monday through Friday from 8 am to 4 pm.
About Barker Rinker Seacat Architecture
Barker Rinker Seacat Architecture's mission is to design inspired, sustainable community architecture. Working closely with owners and communities, the firm achieves visionary goals with cost-effective solutions. Winners of more than 40 design awards, BRS has completed projects for more than 180 communities in 37 states. The firm's expertise includes recreation centers, wellness facilities, field houses, aquatic centers, park structures, ball fields, spas, resorts, clubhouses, senior centers, water parks, libraries and recreation facility master plans. For more information, visit www.brsarch.com.
For additional information, please contact Dave Hammel at (303) 455-1366 or firstname.lastname@example.org.