Rec Expert Road Show

October 13, 2017

Over the past few weeks, our community recreation center experts hit the road with some of our clients to engage recreation professionals with true tales from our adventures in making places that bring people together.

At the end of September, our team traveled to New Orleans for the National Recreation & Parks Association Annual Conference.  Two of our clients met us in the Big Easy to share their success stories with audiences interested in making a recreation center project a success for their community.

Just Gimme A Number!
Jason Moore, Assistant City Manager for the City of Richland Hills, spoke with our Texas Regional Directory, Mick Massey, about the importance of realistic budgeting and cost estimating. The presentation, Just Gimme a Number!, explains how to avoid the pitfalls of working from the wrong estimates for capital projects by putting together the right team, developing a process focused on program, concept, and cost estimates, and effectively communicating  with decision makers and the community to garner support for projects like The LINK Event + Recreation Center in Richland Hills, Texas.

VOTE! How to Plan a Successful Bond Program
Joining us from another successful project, the Montrose Community Recreation Center, was Ken Sherbenou, Executive Director of the Montrose Recreation District, for a presentation about building community support for a new recreation center. Ken detailed the journey of the Montrose, Colorado community through the key steps of building support for a ballot measure to fund a new recreation center, and was joined by our CEO, Craig Bouck, who detailed other case studies to show the importance of a reliable feasibility study to understand the community’s needs to craft a program and design a building that meets those needs.

TRENDS: The Future of Recreation Centers
Craig and Mick joined forces to take the audience on a journey around the world to look at the top trends in sports and recreation, and how they're affecting the design of community recreation centers. They introduced new ideas in design, equipment, programming and operations to help identify how these innovations can help solve key programming and operations challenges, and the game-changing impacts they can have on recreation departments and the communities they serve.

After wrapping up another successful NRPA Conference, we took our TRENDS and VOTE! presentations to the Rocky Mountains for the Colorado Parks & Recreation Association’s Annual Conference & Tradeshow being held in Keystone, Colorado. This year’s theme, The Challenge of Change, was the perfect backdrop for our discussion on the changing trends in recreation and the challenges of turning the vision for a recreation center into a fully-functioning facility that realizes the goals of the community. Sadly, we had to say goodbye to Jason Moore, but our CFO, Keith Hayes and Design Manager, Andy Stein joined the troupe with another presentation geared towards successful design for Active Adults.

A TALE OF TWO CITIES: Alternate Approaches to Senior Centers
With municipalities across the nation finding that their aging senior center and recreation facilities have been rendered obsolete due to modern indoor recreation programming, this presentation addresses how to assess market demand and evolve facilities to address new needs. Keith an Andy present case studies of designing for active adults at the Erie Community Center in Erie, Colorado and the Larkspur Center in Bend, Oregon to show that although there is not a one-size-fits-all solution, there are best practices for communities to make informed decisions in developing facilities and programs for aging populations.

After a long two weeks of talking and traveling, our team was happy to cap off their tour by accepting a Columbine Award for New Facilities for the Montrose Community Recreation Center at the final awards banquet.

Contact one of our recreation experts to learn more about our award winning projects, the conference presentations, or how to make your project a success!


Craig Bouck, AIA, LEED AP
CEO / Principal

Keith Hayes, AIA, LEED AP
CFO / Principal

Mick Massey, RLA
Senior Associate, Texas Regional Director

Andy Stein, LEED AP
Senior Associate, Design Manager


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 225 communities in 42 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.

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