Moorhead Recreation Center

Promoting health, wellness and an active lifestyle.

The existing Moorhead Community Center was built in 1975 and renovated in 1988. With almost 30 years in its current state, the facility was outdated and in need of another renovation or replacement to support their growing membership. The City hired Barker Rinker Seacat Architecture to complete design of a new 38,645-s.f. facility. During the process, the City established the following goals for the facility:

  • to promote health and wellness
  • to provide a safe place for students to go after school
  • to offer the community a place to gather and connect

Taking into account the City’s goals, the BRS design includes a gymnasium, community room, fitness spaces, locker rooms, teen room, party/babysitting room, and updates to the outdoor pool. The exterior renovations create pedestrian connectivity and a safe entry and exit for patrons. Citizens of Aurora are excited about their new facility.

Explore the center with a video tour of the facility from



The community communicated an appreciation of the trees in Moorhead Memorial Park and how important it was to protect them during construction. As part of tradition, trees are planted in and around the park to memorialize community members so we knew it would be important to reference them in some way. The green patterned bricks on the side of the building are inspired by the memorial trees in the area.


The glowing, white boxes that highlight different areas of the building were inspired by how the community celebrates the holidays. During the festive winter season luminarias, or lanterns, are placed outside homes and along walkways and plazas. The luminarias are made with paper bags, votive candles and sand in the bottom to weigh them down. Moorhead Recreation Center's glowing towers are achieved with Kalwall windows. 

Project at a Glance


Aurora, Colorado


City of Aurora


38,645 sq. ft.


$14.1 Million


July 2017


2017 National Eagle Award for Excellence in Construction (Institutional $10-25 Million)
Associated Builders & Contractors

2017 Excellence in Construction Award (Institutional $10-25 Million)
Associated Builders & Contractors - Rocky Mountain Chapter

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