Lone Tree Recreation Center

Feasibility Study + Design

The 54,200-s.f. Lone Tree Recreation Center was the first public facility to be built in the newly incorporated city of Lone Tree, serving the South Suburban Parks and Recreation District. As one of the first buildings in the New Urbanist development, its architectural character sets the tone for all subsequent development.

The architectural character of the facility was fashioned as a collection of farm buildings, similar in nature to the indigenous farms that once dotted this rural area. We captured the flavor of the farm with a modern expression. The pool and gymnasium spaces represent barns; the fitness and lobby spaces are like an infill breezeway connecting to the farmhouse, represented by the community wing. And what would a farm be without its representative silo or windmill? We created a small tower element in the corner of the babysitting room to anchor one corner of the community wing. We also designed the main entry vestibule as a vertical punctuation landmark. The exposed wood, native sandstone and concrete combine to create a warm and rich palette of materials.

Project at a Glance


Lone Tree, Colorado


South Suburban Parks and Recreation District


Phase 1: $11.6 Million


54,200 s.f.


Phase 1: 2004

Awards & Features

  • 2005 Facility of Merit Award, Athletic Business
  • 2005 18th Annual Architectural Showcase, Athletic Business

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