Carla Madison Recreation Center - Topping Out Ceremony

December 14, 2016

On December 14, 2016, the City and County of Denver held a topping out ceremony for the new Carla Madison Recreation Center, an approximately 62,000 SF facility that will provide greatly needed recreation opportunities to a currently underserved population in central Denver. The five-level, LEED Gold certified facility will include a leisure pool, 8-lane lap pool, gymnasium, fitness areas, community gathering spaces, classrooms and outdoor amenities. The new center is expected to open in October 2017.

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock, Allegra "Happy" Haynes and Denver Parks and Recreation representatives sign-off on the final beam.

The beam being captured for posterity before it is hidden away atop the new rec center.

BRS Principal Katie Barnes addresses the crowd before the beam is put in place.

Learn more about the project details here, or check out the press on this event here.


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Through a fun, passionate and people-inspired process, Barker Rinker Seacat Architecture designs lively, purposeful buildings and places that draw people together. Earning more than 75 design awards, BRS has completed projects for more than 200 communities in 40 states across the U.S. With offices in Denver and Dallas, the firm is dedicated to designing places that build community, including recreation facilities, wellness and active-aging centers, field houses, aquatic centers, park structures, ball fields, clubhouses, water parks, resorts, libraries, city halls, cultural centers, and related facilities and master plans. Current projects include the Central Denver Recreation Center, Colorado; The Marq Southlake Community Recreation Center, Texas; the Health, Wellness, and Learning Center, Hobbs, New Mexico; Eaton Area Community Center, Colorado; Canyon Lodging Redevelopment, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming; Montrose Community Recreation Center and Fieldhouse, Colorado; Richland Hills Multipurpose Recreation Facility, Texas; Windsor Community Recreation Center, Colorado; Sammamish Community and Aquatic Center, Washington; Sandy Hook Maintenance Facility Relocation, Gateway National Recreation Area, New York, New Jersey. For additional information, visit

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