Pinkard Construction wins Margaret W. Carpenter recreation center in Thornton

The remodeled facility will include a new six-lane lap pool with adjacent aqua-exercise pool, wave pool with lazy river and bubble pit, activity pool with zero-depth entry and more.

Pinkard Construction has been awarded the $13 million renovation of the Margaret W. Carpenter Recreation Center. This project will be an occupied renovation and is expected to begin in early spring.

Architectural design services will be provided by long-time Pinkard collaborator Ohlson Lavoie Collaborative, a firm with over 59 years of experience designing aquatic and recreation facilities.

“We are thrilled to be remodeling an exciting aquatic environment for the people of Thornton,” said Robert (Bob) McDonald, senior principal at OLC. “Not only will they experience the latest in aquatic play, instruction and exercise but we will also be providing a much-needed universal locker room expansion to better serve the needs of families and those with special needs. There will be something for everyone.”

The two firms will work together, using industry-leading technology, to create an accessible pipe galley for maintenance and repairs while allowing the city to keep the facility open during normal business hours.

“We are very excited to be working with the city of Thornton and OLC,” said Pinkard’s Rick Converse, preconstruction manager for the project. “It is a very complicated renovation, but our virtual design technology has given absolute clarity on how to proceed.”

The remodeled facility will include a new six-lane lap pool with adjacent aqua-exercise pool, wave pool with lazy river and bubble pit, activity pool with zero-depth entry, play structure, geysers and sprays, two water slides and 20-person therapeutic hydro-jet spa.

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…