The Center of Recreational Excellence (CORE)

Feasibility Study + Design

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 158,000 SF, $61 million 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.

Construction on the project began in September 2016 and is scheduled for completion in the Spring of 2018. Check out the progress HERE!

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Project at a Glance


Hobbs, New Mexico


  • City of Hobbs
  • J. F Maddox Foundation


$67.5 Million


158,000 s.f.


  • Study: 2009
  • Update: 2010
  • Design: 2016
  • Construction: 2018

Architect of Record

Barker Rinker Seacat Architecture

Associate Design Architect


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