Basin Recreation Center Field House

Park City, UT
Construction Cost: $3.98 million
Area / Square Feet: 46,806
Occupancy Date: June 2004

Responding to the needs of Snyderville Basin residents, the Recreation Center Field House is a three-phase project — the first of which includes an indoor multipurpose field that supports soccer, baseball, football, rugby and other field sports. Future phases will add a climbing wall, a gymnasium, a fitness/weight room, an aerobics/dance studio, an indoor splash pool and an outdoor leisure pool.

Acting as a placeholder for these future additions is a large, timber trellis entry system. Because one of the primary design goals was to create an aesthetically pleasing yet functional facility, interior finishes were selected based upon attractiveness and ease of maintenance.

Within a unifying organic earth-tone color palette, common spaces and locker rooms feature colored textured concrete floors, exposed colored masonry walls and ample glazing to capture the stunning mountain views surrounding the site. A contextually responsive project, the rec center complements its serene site at the edge of the Swaner Nature Preserve.

Blending nicely with the backdrop of undulating hillsides, the field house’s gently curving roof allows for maximum penetration of natural light from the south and minimizes the building’s large mass. Additionally, located at each end of the field house are 14-by-20-foot sliding doors that effectively capture breezes from the adjacent preserve, thus naturally cooling the field and providing fantastic views. Just inside the doors is operable sport netting that traps errant balls and prevents unauthorized access.