Blog: Tagged 'Recreation Design'
BRS designed the Active Senior Adult Center addition to be the place to go for health and social interaction.Continue
Tuesday, June 27, 2017, the City of Watauga celebrated the grand opening of the much-anticipated Active Senior Adult Center extension to the Watauga Community Center.
Mayor Hector F. Garcia welcomed City Council Members and Watauga residents with a speech expressing his pride in the City of Watauga for coming together on a project to help so many senior citizens. City Manager Greg Vick was all smiles as he thanked Barker Rinker Seacat Architecture and Haydon Building Corporation for designing and building a magnificent addition for the City.
Over the past three years, the City Council had decided more could be done to help their senior population. The existing 1,800 square foot Senior Center was over 70 years old and unable to accommodate the range of programs required for today’s active adults.
BRS was hired to develop plans for a 5,000 square foot addition to the existing Watauga Community Center that would give the Senior population direct access to the facility and create a new space with modern amenities and programs dedicated to Seniors. The overarching goal of the project was to make the lives of the Seniors better and healthier, and the multi-use addition is designed with the active senior in mind.
BRS designed an extension of the Community Center with a separate entry at the junction of the addition for ease of access to both centers. To make the experience more enjoyable, a new reception desk was added so visitors would be greeted on arrival and have easy access to information about both centers and the available programs and amenities.
The new addition includes a kitchen, dedicated restrooms designed for Seniors, and a large flexible space to support a variety of programs and events. The multi-purpose great room can be divided into two large classrooms or assembled for large social gatherings, dining, card playing, or dancing.
Seniors can also get together for healthy activities with full access to the gymnasium, adult fitness equipment and classrooms of the existing Community Center. This access and the dedicated space for active senior adult activities make this addition the place to go for health and social interaction.
Now it’s time to work off the cake that we enjoyed celebrating with!
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.
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Posted by Mick Massey, RLA on June 27, 2017 at 09:02pm
Explore a variety of solutions for recreation storage needs.Continue
As recreation design specialists, there are many elements that are not common to find in other types of buildings. One of those is ball storage. Most recreation centers have basketballs, soccer balls and volleyballs available for loan, typically found behind the control desk. Depending on client preference and the number of balls that are wanted, there are some different types of ball storage that can be designed. Here are a couple of the most common options.
Dowel Ball Storage
Dowel ball storage is one of our favorites. There are different variations depending on the amount of balls, space that is available, and whether you want the balls behind doors, or exposed to the public.
Putting balls behind cabinet doors creates a nice sleek look that can fit with the rest of the casework in the space. Some choose to have solid doors, while others like to show off the balls a little with mesh inserts.
These can be designed to have a lower cabinet or drawers for storage of other items or balls such as tennis balls, ping pong balls and pickle balls.
If limited on space, they can be narrow:
Dowel ball storage can also become part of the design and have the balls be visible to the public.
Cart Ball Storage
Cart ball storage allows for a simple yet practical way to store balls with the added flexibility of moving them to different areas of the building.
Typically, cart storage is designed to fit under a portion of the desk, so some early design is necessary to coordinate the size of cart.
Custom Ball Storage
Want a way to store your balls that really stands out? BRS can design a solution customized to your specific needs.
Posted by Ellie Lokken on June 1, 2017 at 10:30am
Every year, Steve Blackburn mentors students in the University of Northern Colorado's Recreation, Tourism, and Hospitality program.Continue
(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 of 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 www.brsarch.com. ###
Posted by Neil Arends on March 17, 2017 at 10:07am
Our team gets a preview of the views from the nearly completed urban rec center on Colfax.Continue
Last week a group of BRSer’s visited a job site that is very close to home. The Carla Madison Recreation Center is the first urban public rec center in the State of Colorado and it is less than four miles from our office. Having recently “topped out”, we climbed to the highest level and saw what will become the event space with amazing views to downtown Denver and the mountains beyond.
As we made our way down the stairs, we stopped at the gym and fitness areas on the second floor. When the building is complete, this floor will have a window that looks out onto the East High School clock tower.
On the first floor, we saw the rebar that will form the lap pool and leisure pool. These two pools will be a great asset for both families and athletes in the community.
Lastly, we walked around the site. We were excited to see the piers being installed for the exterior rock climbing wall on the east side of the building, and the beginnings of a three-tier rain garden on the west side that will treat rainwater before it is returned to the city stormwater system. Lastly, a staff favorite in the office, we got eyes on the location of a new dog park on the north side of the building.
After the tour, many BRSer’s headed to RiNo to explore a first Friday tour in our office neighborhood. It is wonderful to be working in a part of Denver that always has so much going on!
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