Arnold Recreation Center
Arnold Recreation CenterArnold, MO 2006
The Arnold Recreation Center combines a recreation center and city library, with the two components connected by a curved corridor featuring a coffee bar. Both facilities contain separate entries as well, to accommodate varying hours of operation. The master plan of the challenging site, with its steep grades and centrally located creek, places the recreation center on the lower end of the property next to the creek.
The outdoor pool, fitness center and lounge spaces of the recreation center share panoramic views of the creek and its natural environment. The building’s entry is on the second level, which houses the control desk and uncontrolled spaces — the lobby, lounge and meeting rooms. As users enter the recreation center from either the library’s connecting corridor or its own main entrance, they can see lower-level activity spaces — the gymnasium, running track and indoor natatorium.
The facility’s entry, lobby and public corridors are constructed of masonry. The lobby and public corridors are ground-faced concrete masonry units, offering maintainability and an upscale appearance. The library and recreation center’s exteriors match in appearance with brick, brick banding, split-faced concrete masonry units and exterior finished insulation systems. Both towers were designed with the same building materials, though each has a separate identity. Because of staffing restraints, the control desk was oversized to accommodate concessions equipment. This allows for a lone staff member at the control desk to handle concessions, as well.
Project DetailsArchitect: Hastings & Chivetta Architects Inc.; St. Louis, Mo.
Aquatic Design Engineer: Counsilman•Hunsaker; St. Louis, Mo.
Construction Cost: $9.6 million
Square Feet: 56,810
Occupancy: August 2005
Basketball Backboards/Supports: Aalco Manufacturing Co.
Divider Curtains: Aalco Manufacturing Co.
Fitness Center Flooring: Mondo USA
Floor Finishes: Connor Sports Flooring
Handicapped Equipment: Spectrum Aquatics
Ice Rinks Scoreboards: Nevco Scoreboard Company
Lighting: Lithonia Lighting
Lockers: Republic Storage Systems Co.
Pool Chemical Control Systems: Chemtrol, Div. of Santa Barbara Control Systems
Pool Cleaners/Vacuums: Recreonics Inc.
Pool Cleaners/Vacuums: Aqua Products Inc.
Pool Filters: Astral Products Inc.
Pool Ladders/Grab Bars: Paragon Aquatics, Div. of Pentair
Pool Lane Markers: Recreonics Inc.
Pool Water Play Features: Whitewater West Industries Ltd.
Pool Water Play Features: Splashtacular
Track Surfaces: Robbins Sports Surfaces
Volleyball Nets and Standards: Aalco Manufacturing Co.