Carbondale Recreation & Community Center

Carbondale Recreation & Community Center

Project Description

The Carbondale Recreation & Community Center — designed for a small, environmentally conscious and recreation-oriented town 160 miles west of Denver — is the only recreation center in the world to be certified LEED Platinum. Factors involved in that designation include exemplary sustainable site design and construction practices, water efficiency, use of on-site renewable energy and recycled materials, indoor environmental quality and a near-zero carbon footprint.

The center’s contemporary design incorporates a playful blend of materials, shapes and colors to express the concepts of health, fitness and sustainable building design. The exterior is broken into a variety of one-story elements that reflect Carbondale’s small-town scale and create an inviting streetscape to soften the visual impact of the massive gymnasium. Exterior materials are indigenous to the region and include concrete block, brick, stucco and steel.

Interior materials are all low-VOC, and flooring is made mostly from recycled materials. The main feature of the facility is its multiuse gym and performance center. With a durable  synthetic wood floor, excellent acoustics and the capacity to seat up to 800 people, the center can accommodate a variety of public and private events.

Skylights provide natural daylight, and the site incorporates a large sustainably designed park that adjoins a 40-mile bike and pedestrian trail.


Project Details

Architect: JR Baker Architects Inc.; Carbondale, Colo.
Construction Cost: $4 million
Square Feet: 15,165
Occupancy: March 2008

Basketball Backboards/Supports: Porter Athletic Inc.

Bleachers/Grandstands: National Recreation Systems Inc.

Climbing Walls: BCI Burke Co. LLC

Climbing Walls: Eldorado Climbing Wall Co.

Divider Curtains: Porter Athletic Inc.

Elliptical Equipment: Life Fitness

Entertainment Systems: Life Fitness

Exercise Balls: SPRI Products

Floor Covers: Kiefer Specialty Flooring Inc.

Floor Finishes: Gerflor Sports Flooring, LLC

Flooring: Dal-Tile Corp.

Free Weight Equipment: Hammer Strength

Lighting: Juno Lighting Group

Lockers: Bradley Corp.

Pilates Equipment: SPRI Products

Scoreboards/Timing Systems: Fair-Play Scoreboards

Sound Systems: Sound Projections

Stationary Bikes: LeMond Fitness Inc.

Stationary Bikes: Life Fitness

Strength Equipment: Troy Barbell & Fitness

Surfaces, Basketball: Gerflor Sports Flooring, LLC

Treadmills: Life Fitness

Volleyball Nets and Standards: Porter Athletic Inc.

Wall Padding: Porter Athletic Inc.


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