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Six New BRS Projects Open Doors

July 22, 2013

DENVER, CO – Barker Rinker Seacat Architecture, a Denver-based firm with an office in Dallas, recently saw six newly completed projects open doors to the public. Among them are four Colorado projects of distinct building types: the Northwest Mutual West Denver Office Building, Candelas Community Center, Mesa County Central Branch Library and Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument Visitor Education and Museum/Research Facility. The firm has also secured a number of contracts in recent months for major full-service projects and studies throughout the country, including designs of the 60,000-square-foot Sammamish Community Recreation Center in the state of Washington, and the 112,000-square-foot Grapevine Community Activities Center Expansion and 105,000-square-foot Southlake Community Recreation Center in Texas.

Northwestern Mutual West Denver Office Building
Lakewood, Colorado

Barker Rinker Seacat Architecture designed a 19,580-square-foot, single-tenant, owner-occupied office building in Lakewood for growing financial services company, Northwestern Mutual. The $4 million, three-story building utilizes a sloping site to maximize natural daylighting and Rocky Mountain views on all levels, while site features include an inviting entry plaza, outdoor terrace and parking for 50. Interior spaces include executive and support personnel offices as well as a reception area and meeting rooms for clients. A fitness center and locker rooms, break room and well-appointed training/conferencing center round out the building’s amenities. The new office building opened on July 1. Learn more...

Candelas Community Center
Arvada, Colorado

Candelas, a high-end mixed-use development in Arvada, opened the doors to its new $3.2 million, 3,400-square-foot community center on May 17. The developer hired the team of Barker Rinker Seacat Architecture and Saunders Construction to design and build a center whose indoor amenities include community spaces and classrooms, a fitness center, and changing rooms for the adjacent outdoor pool. In keeping with the sustainable and high-tech themes of the broader development, the project incorporates ground-source heat pumps and 15 kilowatts of solar PV panels to minimize energy use, among several other energy-efficient design features. The project anticipates LEED® Gold certification. Learn more...

Mesa County Central Branch Library
Grand Junction, Colorado

In 2011, Barker Rinker Seacat Architecture developed a feasibility study for the expansion and renovation of the central branch in the Mesa County Public Library District. Prior efforts to garner voter approval of a new library had twice failed, whereas the resulting proposal achieved a virtually new facility for a mere $5.5 million, with approximately 31,250 square feet of renovation and a 12,600-square-foot addition. The existing building began life as a grocery store in the 1950’s and was renovated and repurposed for library use in 1973. The new design brings a bold new public face to the building along Grand Junction’s major thoroughfare.  A diagonal spine connects old and new spaces to bring dynamic entries, operating efficiencies and daylight into the interiors, while a sweeping, curved façade faces downtown. A new community meeting space with a walled and shaded patio brings all-hours vitality to the highly trafficked library. The City and Downtown Development Authority have embraced the design’s urban qualities and have consequently provided funding for many of the project’s exterior public features. The grand reopening was held on June 20. Learn more...

Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument Visitor Education and Museum/Research Facility
Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, Colorado

Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument was established in 1969 to preserve and protect the internationally significant fossil treasures found on the site. The monument is located 40 miles west of Colorado Springs and two miles south of Florissant, Colorado, at an elevation of 8,400 feet. The National Park Service replaced an original 1924 farmhouse, which had been converted for use as a temporary visitor center, with an all-new facility to better serve visitors by providing exhibit and display areas, a theater/multiuse room, lobby and sales areas, and administrative support offices. Also included in the new design are climate-controlled paleontology workroom areas and conditioned collections storage rooms. The new $2.5 million, 4,300-square-foot facility achieved LEED® Gold certification by employing such energy- and water-efficient design innovations as passive solar heating and cooling, thermal mass energy storage, strategic building orientation, daylighting, a highly-insulated building envelope, natural and induced ventilation, solar hot-water heating and solar PV panels. The grand opening was held on June 14. Learn more...

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 45 design awards, BRS has completed projects for more than 200 communities in 40 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.

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