Town of Parker Fieldhouse

Parker, CO
Construction Cost: $12.4 million
Area / Square Feet: 100,000
Occupancy Date: June 2007

"Vibrant" was a word used to describe the Town of Parker Fieldhouse, which one judge likened to a ?Big Bang? of color and activity. The building?s exterior presents a variety of colors, textures and angles, with certain repeated forms creating an overall sense of structural harmony. Once inside, visitors experience views into and between various activity spaces, including a gymnasium, a fitness center, a running track, an inline hockey rink, and a 170-by-85-foot synthetic turf field. Multiple open stairways, exposed beams, buffed concrete floors and overhead light fixtures lend an industrial loft feel to the building?s circulation points, while, fittingly, the 25-foot climbing wall and attached bouldering structure are placed next to a two-story glass wall offering mountain views. Judges remarked on the wide variety of activity spaces accommodated within this functional, cost-effective, ?energetic? facility.

Judge's Comments

Compressed plan, with a very functional and clear flow. Great cost control and innovative use of pre-manufactured building systems.
— Tom Poulos

Appealing industrial interior finishes and colors integrate well with the pre-engineered high-bay structures in a surprisingly transparent and open plan. Exterior elevations are alive with vernacular character and color.
— Kirk von Spaeth

Appropriately integrated and expressive use of pre-engineered structural system in sync with the playful collage of programs.
— John Kane