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OLC Project Wins International Award

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Source: OLC (Ohlson Lavoie Collaborative)

DENVER, January 5, 2017.  OLC (Ohlson Lavoie Collaborative) is pleased to announce that its client, master developer Emaar, The Economic City (EEC) received the Global Award for Best Leisure Development – Saudi Arabia, at the International Property Awards in London for the Esmeralda Sports and Leisure Center in King Abdullah Economic City.

This OLC designed multi-use sports, recreation, and fitness complex will include an indoor sports complex featuring squash, tennis, basketball, soccer and cricket. There are three indoor pool environments; separate fitness venues for men and women including spin and aerobic studios; cardio and strength areas; multipurpose rooms; and an indoor walk/ jog track.  Social amenities will include: bowling, billiards, spa, and food and beverage areas.  Separate locker rooms for men, women and children include steam, sauna, showers, and prayer rooms.  In addition to the many indoor attractions, the project includes outdoor tennis courts, a running track, outdoor full size soccer field, basketball, and outdoor social areas.  

This is the second time that a project in Saudi Arabia has ever won a Global Award and now EEC has won two years in a row.  The first was for their Royal Greens Golf Course project in 2016. 


OLC (Ohlson Lavoie Collaborative) is an international architectural firm, founded in 1961 and headquartered in Denver with offices in Orlando, Tokyo and Cairo. We are committed, enthusiastic and driven to deliver stellar architecture, interior and aquatic design. For the past 35 years, we have focused on athletic, fitness and wellness facilities, including athletic/sports clubs, commercial fitness centers, medically-based wellness centers, recreation centers, spas and a broad range of aquatic projects.  OLC has designed projects in 47 states and 11 countries. For more information, visit or call 303-294-9244.

ABOUT Emaar, The Economic City (EEC)

A Tadawul-listed real estate development and management company, EEC’s primary focus is the planning and development of King Abdullah Economic City. 

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