Adolfson & Peterson tops out Aurora’s recreation center

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Built on a 20-acre site, the two-story, 60,285-square-foot recreation center was designed by Populous.

Representing a major milestone in construction, Adolfson & Peterson Construction topped out Aurora’s new recreation center.

Funded through marijuana tax revenue, this recreation center will be a major addition to the parks and recreation amenities for Aurora residents with a grand opening in 2019.

Built on a 20-acre site, the two-story, 60,285-square-foot recreation center was designed by Populous. The facility features an aquatics area, gymnasium, elevated walking/jogging track, fitness area, teaching kitchen, party rooms, multipurpose rooms, group exercise rooms, offices and locker rooms. Unique design features include an interactive video water slide; a wave pool, which is the first-of-its-kind in a Colorado recreation center; and a fitness grandstand that is full of possibility for group fitness classes and individual exercise.

The new Central Recreation Center was designed to take advantage of the western views of the Rocky Mountains and intentionally frames the mountains from the cardio and group fitness areas, according to Gudmundur Jonsson, senior architect/principal at Populous.

“It took us 40 years to get to the point of building a new recreation center,” said Tom Barrett, department director for Aurora’s Parks, Recreation & Open Space.

Published in the August 2018 issue of Development, Construction & Design in the Aug. 15 issue of CREJ.

Kris Oppermann Stern is publisher and editor of Building Dialogue, a Colorado Real Estate Journal publication, and editor of CREJ's construction, design, and engineering section, including news and bylined articles. Building Dialogue is a quarterly, four-color magazine that caters specifically to the AEC industry, including features on projects and people, as well as covering trends in design, construction, interior design, development and more. Kris joined CREJ as an editor in 1998, after serving as editor of the Colorado Springs Business Journal. Kris earned her Bachelor of Arts, Journalism and Mass Communication, from the University of Colorado at Boulder. When not covering Colorado’s commercial AEC community, she enjoys Pilates, reading, traveling, walking her Golden Retriever and cheering on her hockey-playing son.