Central Park Recreation Center at Stapleton

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Central Park Recreation Center at Stapleton

Denver, Colo. 2012

Project Description

The conversion of the former Stapleton International Airport site into a new mixed-use development has transformed eastern Denver into a vibrant area rich in activity. The center of this new community is the 100-acre Central Park and its full-service recreation center.

As the newest and largest recreation center in the Denver system, the LEED Gold-certified Central Park Recreation Center is intended as a model for future facilities within the system. Locating the 56,940-square-foot facility between the park and residential neighborhoods required finesse; the building footprint is situated to allow the adjacent park to extend across the entry plaza’s upper level.

Every major space within the building is showered in natural light, but through careful orientation and strategic shading, direct glare is minimized. The building's open floor plan allows borrowed light to permeate the facility. Spaces also are connected vertically with large floor openings, incorporating vertical circulation and allowing light to filter between floors — leaving few areas that require artificial light during daytime hours.

Project Details

Architect: Sink Combs Dethlefs; Denver, Colo.
AQUATIC DESIGN ENGINEER: Water Technology Inc.; Beaver Dam, Wis.
Construction Cost: $13.5 million
Square Feet: 56,940
Occupancy: January 2011

Basketball: Robbins Sports Surfaces

Basketball Backboards/Supports: Porter Athletic Inc.

Covers: Spectrum Aquatics

Divider Curtains: Porter Athletic Inc.

Filtration Systems: Nemato Corp.

Filtration Systems: Neptune-Benson Inc.

Filtration Systems: Pentair Water Pool and Spa

Flooring: Dal-Tile Corp.

Flooring, Aerobics: Robbins Sports Surfaces

Flooring, Fitness Center: Mondo

Lighting: Insight Lighting

Lockers: Bobrick Washroom Equipment Inc.

Lockers: Bradley Corp.

Lockers: Bradley Corp.

Lockers: Dal-Tile Corp.

Multipurpose: Mondo

Scoreboards/Timing Systems: Nevco Inc.

Shower/Toilet Partitions: Bradley Corp.

Swimsuit Extractors: Extractor Corp.

Volleyball Nets and Standards: Porter Athletic Inc.

Water Play Features: WhiteWater West Industries Inc.

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