Mentoring the next generation of recreation leaders.

March 17, 2017

(Denver, Colorado – March 2017) – For over a decade, Steve Blackburn has been venturing north to Greeley, Colorado to share his wealth of recreation industry experience and perspective as a designer to students at the University of Northern Colorado (UNC).

This year, 40 undergraduate students from the UNC Recreation, Tourism and Hospitality program enrolled in the Recreation Facilities and Operations class welcomed Steve to talk about the design and business of recreation and present BRS’s top 50 “Community Recreation Center Design Glitches and Building Blunders.”

The presentation helps prepare students for the unique challenges of planning, building and operating a recreation center by illustrating critical design issues and the potential outcomes of decisions they may have to make. The 90-minute session draws from BRS experience working with over 200 communities to capture over 50 specific lessons learned in the design of community recreation center projects.

These lessons learned are broken down into five categories: planning, aquatics, fitness, community and operations.  In learning about the issues that can occur throughout the life of a project from a variety of perspectives, students gain a more holistic understanding of what to expect from their future careers.

The Recreation, Tourism and Hospitality program in the University’s College of Natural and Health Sciences has a mission to develop “well-educated citizens who provide healthful leisure and recreation experiences at the state, regional and national levels in order to improve quality of life, provide leadership and service to communities, and contribute to the advancement of the profession.”

As a Principal with Barker Rinker Seacat Architecture (BRS), Steve has extensive experience in the recreation center feasibility and design field. For the past 32 years, he has dedicated himself to the programming and design of award-winning recreation and wellness facilities in more than 125 communities and 60 colleges and universities throughout the United States. He has authored numerous articles, is a regular speaker at recreation and athletic industry conventions, and keeps coming back to UNC because, in his words, “I love mentoring the next generation of leaders!”

About Barker Rinker Seacat Architecture
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                             ###