The epicenter of fun.
In February 2010, Barker Rinker Seacat Architecture, in association with Ballard*King & Associates, Water Technology, Inc., and Hight-Jackson Associates, completed a comprehensive feasibility study and development plan for the future construction, operation and maintenance of a new municipally operated multi-purpose community recreation center for the city of Bentonville, Arkansas. With a population of 34,000, the BRS-led team engaged Bentonville residents to create a “wish list” of space requirements. The city tasked the architectural team with balancing current community needs with desires for a future 35-acre community center park.
The mission of the Bentonville Community Center is to provide an epicenter for fun while promoting healthy living and social interaction. The resulting 78,000-s.f., $14 million center is being designed to invite—and create a sense of place, community and inclusion for—all ages of Bentonville residents. An estimated building cost of $152/s.f. is being achieved with the incorporation of a pre-engineered metal building structure. Activity areas contained within the two-level facility include leisure and lap swimming pools, party rooms, a gymnasium with an elevated jog/walk track, fitness center and aerobics area. Passive spaces include two lounge areas: one to be used as a central gathering place providing views of the pool and track, and the other for the quiet activities of active agers. A large multipurpose room with a catering kitchen will seat 200 for banquets, while a child watch/babysitting space and outdoor children’s play yard are included for infants to five-year-olds.