Chilson Recreation & Senior Center

Original / Renovation & Addition

The 67,000-s.f. original center is a cornerstone of the Civic Center Complex in downtown Loveland that includes the public library (also designed by BRS), civic offices, outdoor park and play areas, and man-made pond. Designed to be a multipurpose community center, the Chilson Recreation Center has become a community hub of recreational, social and cultural activities for all ages. The senior center is one of the most popular along the Front Range.

In 2008, Barker Rinker Seacat Architecture designed an addition and renovation to the center, expanding it to 86,000 s.f. Leisure aquatics, general classroom areas, renovated and expanded cardio and strength training space, a gymnastics space, staff and support offices, and lobby renovations were all part of the expansion. The new exterior, facing a highly-trafficked street, has generous glass and civic character to advertise activities within.


Project at a Glance


Loveland, Colorado


City of Loveland


  • Original: $5 Million
  • Renovation & Addition: $6 Million


  • Original: 67,000 s.f.
  • Renovation: 27,000 s.f.
  • Addition: 19,000 s.f.


  • Original: 1987
  • Renovation & Addition: 2010

Awards & Features

  • 1989 Award of Merit, Athletic Business
  • Recreation Facilities Design & Management School Featured Tour (Sponsored by Athletic Business)

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