Fruita Community Center
Fruita Community CenterFruita, Colo.
The City of Fruita joined forces with Mesa County Libraries to replace the small single-room branch in the basement of City Hall with a new branch library adjoining a new community recreation center. Both the recreation center and the library share a common entry, as well as use of multipurpose meeting rooms, offices and restrooms.
The new recreation center meets a variety of user needs, with primary components including an indoor leisure pool, a senior center, gymnasium space, a fitness center and aerobics areas.
The building’s exterior combines flat-roofed forms with a central clerestory dormer, and clear and translucent glass walls maximize views and cast daylight into all spaces. Carefully designed to take full advantage of both interior and exterior relationships with covered porches and large windows, the community center forms a unified civic complex and creates a comfortable social experience.
The organization of the building is conceptually based on the image of a winding canyon, with intriguing spaces created where angles intersect, widen and contract. Open areas, including pace for stools overlooking the gymnasium, encourage social interaction and ensure activity is always visible.
Project DetailsArchitect: Sink Combs Dethlefs; Denver, Colo.
AQUATIC DESIGN ENGINEER: Counsilman-Hunsaker; St. Louis, Mo.
LIBRARY ARCHITECT: Humphries Poli Architects; Denver, Colo.
Construction Cost: $12.1 million
Square Feet: 55,000
Occupancy: January 2011
Basketball Backboards/Supports: Arizona Courtlines
Bleachers/Grandstands: BSN Sports
Cardiovascular Equipment: Cybex International Inc.
Cardiovascular Equipment: Life Fitness
Cardiovascular Equipment: Precor Incorporated
Cleaners/Vacuums: Maxi-Sweep Inc.
Climbing Walls: AquaClimb
Dehumidifiers: Venmar CES Inc.
Divider Curtains: Arizona Courtlines
Diving Boards: Duraflex Int'l Corp.
Entertainment Systems: Beacon Athletics
Filtration Systems: Nemato Corp.
Flooring: Dal-Tile Corp.
Flooring, Fitness Center: Mondo
Free-Weight Equipment: Life Fitness
Gutters: Lawson Aquatics Inc.
Heaters: Lochinvar Corp.
Indoor Operable Glass Partition: Hufcor Inc.
Indoor Operable Partition: Hufcor Inc.
Ladders/Grab Bars: Spectrum Aquatics
Lane Markers: Recreonics Inc.
Lockers: Columbia Lockers
Sanitization Systems: Lonza
Scoreboards/Timing Systems: Daktronics Inc.
Shower/Toilet Partitions: Zurn Industries Inc.
Sound Systems: Crown Audio Engineered Systems
Starting Blocks: Recreonics Inc.
Strength Equipment: Cybex International Inc.
Swimsuit Extractors: Extractor Corp.
Volleyball Nets and Standards: Arizona Courtlines
Wall Padding: Arizona Courtlines
Water Play Features: SplashTacular Entertainment