The Center of Recreational Excellence (CORE)

A partnership at the center of it all.

The Center of Recreational Excellence (CORE) represents a distinct partnership of the City of Hobbs, Lea County, New Mexico Junior College, Hobbs Municipal Schools, University of the Southwest and the J.F Maddox Foundation. The Quality of Life Committee commissioned the team of Barker Rinker Seacat Architecture and Dekker/Perich/Sabatini Architecture to design a new facility whose vision is to enhance the quality of life and improve the health of area residents. The HWLC will be an intergenerational place for children to adults and seniors which offers indoor, year-round opportunities for social interaction, learning, fun and fitness for all ages and abilities where families can enjoy multiple activities in one location.

Five guiding design principles for the center include: Energy, Transformation, Centrifugal-Centripetal, Confluence and People. Three large boxes for the turf field, MAC gym and Aquatic Center are organized around a center atrium space which included a children’s playground and ramping jog track circuit and fitness area. The centripetal central space and circulation arms radiate from the center. These arms are open, bright and filled with natural light. Users are welcomed by and drawn into these spaces with visual and physical connection. Arcs of limestone walls extend from the interior to the surrounding landscape.




Project at a Glance


Hobbs, New Mexico


  • City of Hobbs
  • JF Maddox Foundation


$62.8 million


158,000 sf


June, 2018

Architect of Record

Barker Rinker Seacat Architecture

Associate Design Architect


LEED Status

NC Silver (pending)


  • 2018 AIA New Mexico Citation Award
  • 2019 Dream Design - Aquatics International

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