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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:

Estes Valley Community Center

Estes Park, Colorado

In February 2016, OLC commenced work on a new and exciting design for Estes Valley that the community had attempted to build for 60 years. There had been a concept design in place for voter approval. When OLC took on the design assignment, we generated a plan that was almost 10% more efficient in its ability to accommodate program areas. This allowed the Parks District to enlarge activity areas such as the gymnasiums and fitness areas while reducing the overall square footage. What this means is more programming capacity for less money.
The feature areas include extensive multi-purpose/ meeting rooms with a commercial kitchen, arts studio, group exercise rooms, gymnasium, computer/resource area, fitness spaces and locker rooms.
Received the 2018  CPRA Columbine Design Award for Best New Facility and the Associated Builders and Contractors’ Rocky Mountain Chapter, Excellence In Construction Award of Merit - under $25 million category

Cost: $20 million
SqFt: 63,000 sf

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

Newtown Athletic Club began as a small racquetball and fitness center, but has expanded into a nationally recognized full-service family athletic club.  OLC has been responsible for several renovation projects.
OLC is now providing multi-phase master planning services for a 140,000 sf, 30 year old club that is embarking on a 3 year, $15 million  expansion/renovation project that will ultimately include development of design and construction documentation packages for every component of the facility.  There will be group studios for aerobics, yoga, spinning, barre, pilates and dance, fitness floors, functional training, aquatics, spa, salon, gymnasium, indoor track, locker rooms, childcare, food service and support facilities.

Cost: $15 million
SqFt: 140,000 sf

Paradice Island Water Park at Pioneer Park

Commerce City, Colorado

Paradice Island is a themed municipal outdoor pool project which expands the recreational opportunities at Pioneer Park.  Along with a new bathhouse and concession area, there is a zero-depth entry children’s pool for toddlers; a larger zero-depth entry pool for families with an aquatic play structure; two sliders with a plunge pool that merges into a lazy river and lap/sport pool; a speed slide with runout; as well as plenty of shade umbrellas and grassy areas.

Cost: $7.2 million
SqFt: n/a