Blog: November 2015
The Carla Madison Recreation Center team has been hard at work! Last month, we submitted the 100% CD drawings, and the project officially broke ground on November 2nd.Continue
The new 60,000 square foot recreation center will be located right in the heart of our hometown on the corner of Colfax Avenue and Josephine Street. Several key people who were instrumental in bringing this project to life, including Mayor Michael B. Hancock, Councilman Albus Brooks (Dist. 9), and former Councilwoman Jeanne Robb, were on hand for the ceremony.
“Only steps from East High School and City Park, the Central Denver Recreation Center will become a prominent amenity within one of the most densely populated areas of our city,” Mayor Hancock said. “This center will be a state-of-the art facility for the many residents in the area, as well as a catalyst along the Colfax corridor to promote a thriving cultural and residential area.”
The LEED Gold certified facility will include two swimming pools; an 8-lane lap pool and leisure pool, gymnasium with a full-size basketball court and cardio-weight room, group exercise rooms, multi-purpose room, child watch area, outdoor amenities, and community gathering spaces. Planned amenities on the site include a dog playground, table tennis, slackline area, large picnic tables, onsite bike parking, a B-Cycle station, climbing boulder and 130 parking spaces.
We can’t wait to see this exciting project, which will be the first urban recreation center in the state of Colorado, begin to take shape!
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Posted on November 25, 2015 at 12:34pm
As fall nears its end with winter close behind, the time has come to present our project updates. This round, we have the City of Aurora Public Safety Training Center, the Health, Wellness & Learning Center of Hobbs, New Mexico and The MARQ Southlake.Continue
City of Aurora Public Safety Training Center—Colorado
BRS, along with RDG, developed a program and master plan for a new regionally leading public safety center that brings together both police and fire in a shared training environment.
The classroom and administration building is nearing its final stages of construction with painting, flooring, exterior finishes and glazing underway. Furniture installation is tentatively scheduled for mid-January. The burn building and drill tower structures, concrete columns and concrete floors, are in place with concrete masonry walls currently being constructed and fire prop rough-ins being coordinated along the way. It has been a dry fall, but winter is upon us with snow being consistent the past couple of weeks—site work continues to move ahead with the skills pad nearing completion.
The ribbon cutting ceremony for the City of Aurora Public Safety Training Center will be on Friday, February 12, 2016.
Health, Wellness & Learning Center—Hobbs, New Mexico
The City of Hobbs hired BRS along with Dekker/Perich/Sabatini to design a facility that enhances and improves the quality of life, economic development and health of area residents. The 158,000 square foot complex includes a central atrium space for community lounge and play structure, child watch, games area, party rooms, locker rooms and cabanas, multi-purpose rooms, indoor soccer, indoor multi-use courts, aerobics, cardio, fitness & weight, elevated walk/jog and raised hill course track, and leisure, competition & wellness pools. The Design Development Phase of the project has just been completed, with the overall design to be complete in April 2016.
Learn more here.
The MARQ Southlake—Texas
Located in the southwest corner of Bicentennial Park off of Shady Oaks Drive lies The MARQ Southlake’s community recreation and senior center. The project is made up of three phases:
Phase 1, Legends Hall includes a community room / events hall, multipurpose conference room, arts + crafts as well as meeting spaces, a club lounge, catering kitchen, senior center, an events space and an outdoor amphitheater named Aria.
Phase 2, Champions Club includes fitness spaces, performance training, a gymnasium, an indoor walk/jog track, indoor aquatics, indoor playground, party rooms, an early learning classroom, child watch and multipurpose classrooms for programs. Phase 2 is estimated to be completed in 2017.
Phase 3 of this multi-phased project in Bicentennial Park is the Tennis Center. It includes a lounge, pro shop, pro desk, pro and manager’s offices, a multipurpose room, locker rooms, outdoor storage, an outdoor lounge, plus two covered tennis courts and will be completed in 2017.
At this very moment, Phase 1 is nearly completed. The grand opening for Phase 1 is December 12th, 2015.
Posted on November 24, 2015 at 06:06pm
Mock-ups are a wonderful way to test out creative ideas that aren't necessarily typical. Not only do building mock-ups provide a great learning experience, but it shows that our methods are tried and true.Continue
Recently in our office Zach Bisek, Jesse Sherr, David Boyles and Chris Nelson constructed a full-scale mock-up of a climbing rope wall divider screen for the Moorhead Recreation Center renovation. The divider screen is intended to provide a physical barrier around the gymnasium while still maintaining the visual connection throughout the facility. Additionally, it will serve as a means to further incorporate some of the exterior design themes into the interior.
The mock-up consists of static climbing rope woven through hardware connected to a metal and wooden frame. The team is currently exploring different patterning in the ropes geometry to create an abstraction of a waterfall, a reoccurring element reflected in various scales throughout the building. The wood and metal frame is currently to support the pattern study. Future connection and tensioning details will be explored once the designed pattern is established.
The concept for the rope divider screen involves a number of different panels standing approximately 11’ high and 70’ long. The Moorhead renovation project has given us an opportunity to test out some new ideas and uses for materials, and we can’t wait to see how this creative concept comes to life in the building!
Posted on November 24, 2015 at 10:55am
Both the Cheyenne Aquatic Center and The REC of Grapevine recently won awards.Continue
ENR Mountain States chose the Cheyenne Aquatic Center in Cheyenne, Wyoming as one of the 2015 Best Projects. Award of Merit: Small Project (Under $10 Million)
The Cheyenne Aquatic Center Renovation and Expansion was completed in May 2015. The renovation consisted of a complete scrap and re-build for all portions of the existing building leaving only the lap pool untouched. The expansion included a new leisure pool with zero depth entry, water play structure, lazy river, three warm water lap lanes and two new water slides with attached run-outs.
At the recent Texas Recreation and Park Society’s North Region conference in Ft. Worth, The REC of Grapevine received the Recreation Facility Design Excellence Award.
The REC of Grapevine is a distinct mix of indoor aquatics, fitness, community and 55 & Better all under one roof. The REC’s 16,000-s.f. natatorium offers aquatics fun for everyone in the community and includes two 22-ft high, 170-ft. long water slides which are expressed on the exterior of the building. A zero depth entry kids zone, climbing area, lazy river and lap lanes for exercise and aquatic fitness round out the offerings in the aquatics area. The fitness center overlooks the aquatics and is 8,500-s.f. boasting new, state-of-the-art equipment, three group exercise rooms, private fitness assessment and a 1/9 mile elevated walk/jog track.
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Posted on November 16, 2015 at 09:35am
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