Estes Valley Community Center

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Estes Valley Community Center

Estes Park, CO 2019

Project Description

Set against a magnificent Rocky Mountain backdrop, the Estes Valley Community Center represents a project 60 years in the making. After decades of failed votes, the time for a new community center was right and Estes Park, Colo., was able to move forward.

With attachment to an existing aquatic center, a severe slope and a highly sensitive school property to the east, the site presented a challenge. Two entries with segregated parking for distinctly different user populations help enhance traffic flow. On the lower level, seniors and multipurpose public users have direct access to their amenities, while the upper-level entry serves the balance of the recreational users. The upper parking field is placed between the facility and the school to provide separation and convenient access.

Feature areas include extensive multipurpose rooms with a commercial kitchen, an arts studio, group exercise rooms, a gymnasium, a computer/resource area, fitness spaces and locker rooms. A sunlit upper-level lobby reaches deeply into the space providing visibility to the many amenities, as well as overviews of the action below. Upon entry, the administration offices have both their own mountain views and the ability to monitor activities from above. All the high-country references of mountain modern architecture and interior theming come together to create a unique regional experience.

Project Details

Architect: Ohlson Lavoie Collaborative
Architect: N/A
Construction Cost: $20,000,000
Square Feet: 63,000
Occupancy: March 2018

Building Systems - Skylights: Kalwall

Ceiling Fan: Entrematic

Elevator: Thyssen Krupp

Fireplace: Stellar Products

Fitness Center - Cardiovascular Equipment: Precor Incorporated

Fitness Center - Entertainment Systems: Atlas Sound

Fitness Center - Flooring, Aerobics: Robbins Sports Surfaces

Fitness Center - Flooring, Fitness Center: Dinoflex

Fitness Center - Free-Weight Equipment: York Barbell Co.

Fitness Center - Strength Equipment: Precor Incorporated

Food Service: Vulcan/Hobart/True

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Basketball Backboards/Supports: Gared Sports

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Divider Curtains: Gared Sports

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Lighting: Lux Dynamics

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Scoreboards/Timing Systems: Daktronics Inc.

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Sound Systems: Atlas Sound

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Volleyball Nets and Standards: Gared Sports

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Wall Padding: Gared Sports

Indoor Sports Surfaces - Basketball: Robbins Sports Surfaces

Indoor Sports Surfaces - Multipurpose: Woodflex

Indoor Sports Surfaces - Track: Mondo

Indoor Sports Surfaces - Volleyball: Robbins Sports Surfaces

Locker/Shower - Flooring: Dal-Tile Corp.

Locker/Shower - Lockers: Summit Lockers Inc.

Locker/Shower - Shower/Toilet Partitions: Scranton Products

Locker/Shower - Swimsuit Extractors: Extractor Corp./ SUITMATE

Pool Slide: Avalanche

Pools - Access Ramps/Stairs: S.R.Smith

Pools - Chemical Control Systems: BECS Technology, Inc.

Pools - Cleaners/Vacuums: Maxi-Sweep Inc.

Pools - Dehumidifiers: Xetex

Pools - Filtration Systems: Neptune Benson Inc.

Pools - Heaters: Lochinvar Corp.

Pools - Ladders/Grab Bars: Spectrum Aquatics

Pools - Lighting: Lux Dynamics

Pools - Sanitization Systems: Pulsar

Pools - Water Play Features: Water Odyssey by Fountain People

Pools - Water Play Features: Vortex Aquatic Structures Int'l Inc.

Pools - Water Play Features: AquaClimb

Architect Of Record

Ohlson Lavoie Collaborative
Denver, CO

Associate Architect


Design Architect

Ohlson Lavoie Collaborative
Denver, CO

Aquatic Engineer

Ohlson Lavoie Collaborative
Denver, CO

Landscape Architect

Matrix Design Group
Denver, CO

Programming Consultant



The Ballard Group
Lakewood, CO


AE Design Group
Denver, CO