A community-driven program.
In 2013, the City of Fort Collins hired the Barker Rinker Seacat Architecture design team, including Ballard*King & Associates and Logan Simpson Design, to prepare a feasibility study for a new community recreation and arts center for the southeast Fort Collins area. The study included a needs assessment with community input, public meetings, stakeholder meetings and an online citizen survey. A market analysis was prepared and included a demographic analysis, review of competing area facilities, and a statistical comparison with national standards. Based on the results from the needs assessment, the team developed a program that addressed the most highly desired components. A site was selected for the team with the initial proposal; however, part way through the process, the team asked to assess four additional sites for suitability.
With the program developed and refined, we began the process of designing the building footprint and site layout within the Fossil Creek Park Masterplan. After a review of several options, the team selected one option for refinement. The team held an architectural character preference workshop to solicit opinions about building massing, entry design and exterior material preferences. Several exterior character schemes were developed for review and refinement. The final design took advantage of the views across Portner Reservoir to the distant mountains and Longs Peak. The exterior design used natural materials like stone and exposed, stained wood to contrast with the high-tech synthetic wall panels cladding the theater.
The project includes a large gymnasium with an elevated walk/jog track, weights and fitness area, a group fitness room, and a large leisure pool with two waterslides, a lazy river, lap lanes and interactive water features. In the community wing are a small studio/black box theater, multipurpose meeting rooms, party rooms, a child watch area, and room for an additional classroom, crafts room and spin room. The total program area is approximately 54,000 s.f.