West River Community Center
West River Community CenterDickinson, ND 2006
The West River Community Center design inspires participation, offering guests both active and passive opportunities. An open plan provides exciting visual connections throughout the facility, with interior spaces sculpted around user activities.
Interior design elements combine modern amenities with a Western flair. Utilizing indigenous materials, interior finishes blend with and are enhanced by the surrounding landscape. A color palette emphasizing green and brick red also brings the feeling of nature indoors. By integrating interior and exterior spaces, the facility maximizes opportunities for natural light, takes advantage of panoramic vistas, and defines twostory spaces with a sense of place. The area’s extensive Native American history is referenced in entry lobby tile patterns that mimic tribal pottery and clothing. The climbing wall features a replicated dinosaur spine that stands out in relief to recall the region’s many archaeological discoveries.
The center’s exterior was inspired by Theodore Roosevelt’s famous quote about the Badlands of North Dakota “A chaos of plateaus, ridges and valleys.” A large portion of exterior wall is designed to mimic the famous Badlands banded rock. The area surrounding the center has been developed to accommodate baseball and soccer fields, plus an ice rink. Plenty of room exists for future expansion, as the site is slated to eventually become a recreational campus.
Project DetailsArchitect: Ohlson Lavoie Collaborative; Denver, Colo.
Programming/Operational Consultant: Ballard*King & Associates; Highlands Ranch, Colo.
Construction Cost: $11.2 million
Square Feet: 80,542
Occupancy: May 2004
Aerobics Flooring: Connor Sports Flooring
Basketball Backboards/Supports: Spalding
Basketball Surfaces: Connor Sports Flooring
Climbing Walls: Monolithic Sculptures Inc.
Court Panels/Glass: Classic Woodworking Inc.
Divider Curtains: Spalding
Elliptical Equipment: Precor Inc.
Exercise Balls: Thera-Band Products/Hygenic Corp.
Fitness Center Flooring: Connor Sports Flooring
Floor Finishes: Connor Sports Flooring
Flooring: Stampcrete International Ltd.
Free Weight Equipment: Cybex International Inc.
Gymnastics Equipment: Spalding
Handicapped Equipment: Spectrum Aquatics
Ice Rinks Dashers: Becker Arena Products Inc.
Ice Rinks Dehumidifiers: PoolPak Inc.
Lighting: Louis Poulsen Lighting Inc.
Lighting: Lithonia Lighting
Multipurpose Surfaces: Connor Sports Flooring
Operable Wall Partition: Hufcor Inc.
Pool Chemical Control Systems: Siemens
Pool Cleaners/Vacuums: Spectrum Aquatics
Pool Depth Markers: Inlays Inc.
Pool Filters: Paddock Pool Equipment Co. Inc.
Pool Filters: Siemens
Pool Gutters: Paddock Pool Equipment Co. Inc.
Pool Heaters: Lochinvar Corp.
Pool Ladders/Grab Bars: Spectrum Aquatics
Pool Lane Markers: Dal-Tile Corp.
Pool Lighting: Pentair Water Pool & Spa
Pool Sanitization Systems: Arch Chemicals Inc.
Pool Scoreboard/Timing Systems: Colorado Time & Colorado Display Systems
Pool Starting Blocks: Paragon Aquatics, Div. of Pentair
Pool Water Play Features: Rain Drop Products LLC
Pool Water Play Features: SCS Interactive
Pool Water Play Features: Miracle Recreation Equipment Co.
Saunas/Whirlpools: McCoy Sauna & Steam
Shower/Toilet Partitions: Capitol Partitions Inc.
Shower/Toilet Partitions: Comtec Industries
Stair Climbers: Cybex International Inc.
Stationary Bikes: Life Fitness
Strength Equipment: Cybex International Inc.
Surface: Connor Sports Flooring
Tennis Court Nets/Posts: Spalding
Track Surfaces: Connor Sports Flooring
Treadmills: Precor Inc.
Volleyball Nets and Standards: Spalding
Wall Padding: Spalding
Weight Room Flooring: Tuflex Rubber Flooring