Thornton Active Adult Center

More space for a modern active adult center.

In 2013, Barker Rinker Seacat Architecture was hired by the City of Thornton to provide a facility needs assessment and conceptual design to determine potential renovations and improvements to the Thornton Senior Center at the Dorothy Boulevard Location. Using this information, the City applied for a GoCo grant to help fund the work. Once funding was in place, BRS was hired to provide design services for the improvements to include a new entrance vestibule, improve circulation, provide a new reception desk/office area, and raise the level of finishes to a modern Active-Aging Center level.

In 2018, Barker Rinker Seacat Architecture was hired by the City of Thornton to design a new Active Adult Center on the corner of 112th Avenue and Colorado Blvd. The new space is double the size of the old space. At 26,000 SF, this dry single-story building includes a wheelchair friendly front desk, a full lounge and library space, a wet arts classroom with more storage, a ceramics and kiln room, wellness rooms for massage, podiartry, acupuncture and visiting nurse services, a multipurpose space that can be used as a dining room with entertainment, patio space with mountain views, a state-of-the-art teaching kitchen, fitness studio and group exercise classroom, and a tech room for computer classes. 

The new building includes floor to ceiling windows overlooking the mountains and a large front porch where people can sit and talk about the weather. On the interior, windows or screens made of a leaf pattern help give a vibrant and transparent feeling to the space. It is a place to gather that embraces you in warmth and comfort. 

The facility will replace the previous center to provide more space for their growing programs and will be a LEED Certified facility.

There was a dedication on July 31, 2020 but due to COVID-19 the center will not open until it is safe. 

Take a virtual tour in the video below:


Project at a Glance


Thornton, Colorado


City of Thornton




26,000 SF





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