Hobbs, New Mexico

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 JF Maddox Foundation.

LocationHobbs, New Mexico

ClientCity of Hobbs
JF Maddox Foundation


CategoryMultigenerational, Aquatics, Planning + Studies, Tournament, Fieldhouse

Square Footage158,000




Design threads for the project 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 adventure 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.

The CORE participates in the BRS Benchmark Network survey.

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