The Summit at Central Park

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The Summit at Central Park

Grand Prairie, Texas 2011

Project Description

The Summit at Central Park responds to the emerging set of younger, more active Baby Boomers while continuing to serve the members of the older generation — those in their late 60s and above — who have different interests and abilities. The 50-and-over facility is part of a larger $100 million project known as Central Park. Finding that many public recreation centers catering to older adults still project a geriatric atmosphere and that most multigenerational facilities fail to provide environments that older adults feel comfortable embracing, the recreation department and design team looked more toward private-sector models, such as country clubs and resorts.

The Summit essentially creates two distinct, albeit connected, environments. One side, with its own secondary entrance, houses facilities for more athletically inclined adults, while the other side caters to less active activities, offering craft and game rooms, a pottery center, a teaching kitchen, an 88-seat movie theater, a café and ballrooms.

The building also reflects numerous green strategies. The site presented a solar-orientation challenge, which was solved through the use of dramatic shade structures that also provide a unifying architectural signature to the project.

Project Details

Architect: Brinkley Sargent Architects; Dallas, Texas
Aquatic Design Engineer: Counsilman-Hunsaker; St. Louis, Mo.
Programming Consultant: Leisure Lifestyle Consulting; Sarasota, Fla.
Construction Cost: $18.8 million
Square Feet: 56,541
Occupancy: May 2010

Basketball Backboards/Supports: Draper Inc.

Cardiovascular Equipment: Technogym USA Corp.

Chemical Control Systems: ChlorKing Inc.

Deck/Basin Surface: Bomanite Corp.

Deck/Basin Surface: DiamondBrite

Dehumidifiers: PoolPak International

Flooring: Dal-Tile Corp.

Flooring, Aerobics: Connor Sport Court

Flooring, Fitness Center: Duraflex Int'l Corp.

Gutters: Lawson Aquatics Inc.

Lane Markers: Competitor Swim Products

Lighting: Insight Lighting

Lockers: Spec-Rite Designs

Pre-Engineered Structures: Texas Greenhouse

Sanitization Systems: Hanovia

Saunas/Whirlpools: Finlandia/Harvia Sauna Products

Shower/Toilet Partitions: Mills

Shower/Toilet Partitions: Mills

Shower/Toilet Partitions: Ampco, Mills

Skylights: CPI Daylighting

Swimsuit Extractors: Extractor Corp.

Track: Robbins Sports Surfaces

Volleyball Nets and Standards: Draper Inc.

Wall Padding: Draper Inc.