Apex CentreMcKinney, TX 2018
Beginning in the late 2000s, the city of McKinney, Texas, recognized a need to build its first recreation center. Facility tours, program options and feasibility studies began in earnest in the early 2010s. The final project was conceived primarily as an aquatics and fitness center in order to sustain itself operationally.
The design team met the challenge of a deceptively sloping site with a split-level design. Patrons enter the building on the second of three levels. From this control point, they can see almost all that the building has to offer, with views overlooking the aquatics areas, directly into fitness areas to the track above, and into the gymnasium and exercise wing. Abundant views across
spaces make the building intuitive, inviting, and easy to observe and control.
Design cues were borrowed from disparate site elements and fused into a final design that stands on its own without looking like a collage. Strict city masonry design requirements informed the material palette selection, combined with the openness of the program. A park-like parking lot eschews
the typical sea of pavement, knitting the building into the fabric of Gabe Nesbitt Park.
The project has been a smashing success, with more than 5,400 memberships representing more than 18,000 individuals.
Project DetailsArchitect: Brinkley Sargent Wiginton Architects
Construction Cost: $31,700,00
Square Feet: 81,416
Occupancy: January 2017
Acoustical panels: Tectum Inc., Troy Acoustics, Conwed
ADA Lifts: S.R.Smith
Building Systems - Pre-Engineered Structures: InPro Shade Solutions
Building Systems - Skylights: Bristolite; Solatube
Continuous linear track light: Winona
Destratification fans: Big Ass Solutions
Fencing: Ameristar Fence Products
Fitness Center - Cardiovascular Equipment: Precor Incorporated
Fitness Center - Flooring, Aerobics: Robbins Sports Surfaces
Fitness Center - Flooring, Fitness Center: Johnsonite
Fitness Center - Free-Weight Equipment: Precor Incorporated
Fitness Center - Strength Equipment: Precor Incorporated
Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Basketball Backboards/Supports: Draper Inc.
Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Divider Curtains: Draper Inc.
Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Lighting: Cooper Lighting
Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Scoreboards/Timing Systems: Nevco Inc.
Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Volleyball Nets and Standards: Draper Inc.
Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Wall Padding: Draper Inc.
Indoor Sports Surfaces - Basketball: Robbins Sports Surfaces
Indoor Sports Surfaces - Track: Robbins Sports Surfaces
Laundry - Dryers: UniMac
Laundry - Washers: UniMac
Locker/Shower - Flooring: Dal-Tile Corp., Horizon Italian Tile
Locker/Shower - Lockers: Columbia Lockers
Locker/Shower - Shower/Toilet Partitions: Accurate Partitions Corp.
Locker/Shower - Swimsuit Extractors: Extractor Corp./ SUITMATE
Natatorium roof deck: Epic Metals Corp.
Operable Partitions: Modernfold Inc.
Pool edge handhold tile: Buchtal
Pool Pumps : Aurora Pumps
Pools - Chemical Control Systems: BECS Technology, Inc.
Pools - Cleaners/Vacuums: Harmsco; AquaProducts
Pools - Deck/Basin Surface: Diamond Brite
Pools - Dehumidifiers: Dectron Inc.
Pools - Diving Boards: Durafirm/Duraflex International
Pools - Filtration Systems: Neptune Benson Inc.
Pools - Ladders/Grab Bars: Spectrum Aquatics
Pools - Lane Markers: AntiWave Pool Products; Daltile
Pools - Lighting: SPI Lighting Inc.
Pools - Sanitization Systems: Pulsar; G.H. Stenner & Co.; ETS
Pools - Scoreboard/Timing Systems: Colorado Time Systems
Pools - Starting Blocks: Spectrum Aquatics
Pools - Water Play Features: Vortex Aquatic Structures Int'l Inc.; Water Odyssey
Water slides: SplashTacular Entertainment