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Buyers Guide: Ohlson Lavoie Collaborative

Ohlson Lavoie Collaborative
1401 Zuni St., Suite 102
Denver, CO 80204

Phone: (303) 294-9244
Fax: (303) 294-9440

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OLC is a specialized international architectural firm with a stellar reputation for responsive architecture, interior design and aquatics. OLC partners our clients’ knowledge of their business with our own aesthetic vision, deep experience, and problem-solving skills to create a successful design project. We believe that our success as designers is built on a foundation of understanding our clients’ business.

We strive to achieve balance between innovation and experience, design excellence and cost control, creative sizzle and functional accommodation. Most importantly, we are committed to truly understanding the unique needs of each client and adding value through design. OLC believes that great design supports facility success, so we work to incorporate the lessons learned from our 28 years of athletic and fitness design into every facility. Our mission is to think through the ideal user experience and collaborate with owners to optimize the performance of each component, thereby increasing guest satisfaction, student/member retention and attraction.

See projects from this firm that have been featured in the Architectural Showcase:

Dexter Wellness Center

Dexter, Michigan

This 45,000 sq. ft. wellness center is part of a greater initiative called Five Healthy Towns that aims to bring better health and wellness to neighboring communities of Chelsea, Dexter, Stockbridge, Manchester and Grass Lake. The wellness center features spacious fitness floor and exercise studios, cardio and strength training machines, walking and running track, lap swimming pool, warm water therapy pool, gym with basketball court, indoor cycling, yoga and Pilates studios, massage rooms, locker rooms with showers and sauna, child care area and Grab-N-Go Café.

Cost: $10 million
SqFt: 45,000

Half Acre Gym at the University of Wyoming

Laramie, Wyoming

OLC joined forces with Tobin & Associates, a Wyoming architectural firm, to update this iconic historic building on the University of Wyoming campus. Design goals include: improving circulation while joining it seamlessly with the current program areas - combining with a newly conceived expansion, and integrating it all within the building’s existing systems and with the University’s Long Range Campus Plan.

Program areas used in this building include Campus Recreation, Kinesiology and Health, Theatre and Dance, ROTC, and the UW Lab School. Half Acre will be transformed into a world-class recreation and wellness center that the University of Wyoming will be proud of.

As a side note, this is a building that OLC’s Design Architect, Robert McDonald, utilized daily as a University of Wyoming student. Bob’s familiarity and fondness for Half-Acre give him a unique respect for the building’s meaningful history on campus.

Cost: $27 million
SqFt: 99,000 (renovation), 40,500 (addition)

Newtown Athletic Club

Newtown, Pennsylvania

This project involved the execution of a long-term master plan realized over several years. It involved the adaptive re-use of existing space, demolition and expansion for the build-out of fitness, daycare, F&B, aquatics, locker rooms, exercise studios, and new lounge space. Currently, there is an outdoor pool expansion underway as well as additional sports performance training facilities.

Cost: $9 million (all projects)
SqFt: 20,000SF (fitness and club expansion), 40,000SF (sports training fieldhouse), 10,000SF (outdoor aquatics complex)

Spearfish Aquatic Park

Spearfish, South Dakota

A 10,000 sq. ft. outdoor family aquatic center featuring a zero-depth entry pool, 3-lane 25 yard lap pool, double flume water slide with deep plunge pool, lazy river, lily pad adventure walk, interactive play structure, spray pad with dumping bucket interactive play feature, numerous sprays & geysers, underwater benches with jets.

Cost: $3.5 million
SqFt: 10,000 (approx.)