Facilities of Merit 2018: Maryland Heights Community Recreation Center

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Maryland Heights Community Recreation Center

Maryland Heights, MO 2018
Year in Showcase: 2018

Project Description

The Maryland Heights Community Recreation Center is a dynamic new hub for recreational sports, wellness and civic engagement located in a west St. Louis community. Situated prominently along the city’s beltway and adjacent to Maryland Heights’ outdoor water park, the center offers a prominent destination for residents, with significantly improved space and a greater variety of activity areas for community use over the former facility on the same site.

The new center maintains key elements to support the unique community programs the previous facility offered. Key recreation features include a two-court multi-use activity court, group exercise rooms, expanded weights and cardio training areas, a cycling studio, an indoor walking/jogging track, and a three-lane indoor family pool.

Community amenity spaces include a multi-use events space, a preschool, a babysitting area, dedicated senior space, meeting rooms and a police substation. The center also creates new green space for outdoor recreation and expands parking.

Upon opening, the center became an instant source of pride for the community of Maryland Heights when more than 2,000 residents visited the grand opening. In its first eight months of operation, the center welcomed 84,000 visits from members, had an attendance of more than 38,000 for its rental facilities, has seen 5,000 seniors attend senior programs, and has served hundreds of children with disabilities. The building is an icon for the city and is already driving measurable value and positive impact for Maryland Heights and the greater St. Louis community.

Maryland Heights Community Recreation Center

Judge's Comments

“The elegant curves of the highway facade create a unified and powerful image for this comprehensive community recreation center.” — Anita Moran

“The use of the site, the building form and design solution to protect the interior from highway noise are excellent.” — Don Jones

“A bold concept, rooted in a functional need, is detailed with craft and rigor.” — Adam Bastjan

Project Details

Architect: CannonDesign
Construction Cost: 24,500,000
Square Feet: 91,800 SF
Occupancy: April 2017

Ceiling: Sound Concepts

Curtinwall: EFCO

Exterior Finish: Erco, Philips Gardco LED

Exterior Lights: Endicot

Exterior Paneling: CPI Daylighting Control

Indoor Sports Surfaces - Basketball: Aalco Manufacturing Co.

Indoor Sports Surfaces - Track: Aalco Manufacturing Co.

Indoor Sports Surfaces - Volleyball: Aalco Manufacturing Co.

Interior Storefront: EFCO

Interior Walls: USGreentech

Masontry: Endicot Clay Products

Outdoor Facilities/Stadiums - Basketball Backboards/Supports: Aalco Manufacturing Co.

Racquetball/Squash Courts - Court Panels/Glass Walls: Stella

Reception Desk: 3Form

Tile: Ergon

Architect Of Record

St. Louis, MO

Design Architect


Aquatic Engineer

St. Louis , MO

Landscape Architect

SWT Design

Programming Consultant

Highland Ranch, CO

Environmental Graphics

Kuhlmann Leavitt

Civil Engineer

Civil Design, Inc