DAF April 2017 Hard Hat Tour – Red Rocks Community College Rec Center – Recap

April 6, 2017 from 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Red Rocks Recreation CenterRendering Courtesy of Davis Partnership Architects

Architect: Davis Partnership Architects
Mechanical/Electrical Engineer: The RMH Group
Civil/Structural Engineering: Martin/Martin
Site/ Landscape Architect: Davis Partnership Architects
General Contractor: Pinkard Construction

To meet increasing student demand for campus recreation options Red Rocks Community College (RRCC) Student Government retained Davis Partnership Architects to perform a recreation center feasibility study and create a program plan based on student wants and greater campus goals.

Red Rocks Rec Center Outside

In their effort to become a ‘school of choice’ Student Government recognized the importance of extracurricular activities to meet the needs of the student population, and took it upon themselves to petition RRCC to fund the program plan.

Red Rocks Rec Center Outside

Using a variety of student engagement techniques including town hall meetings, games, visual preference surveys, and social media, the design team generated a program based on student feedback for a new 38,000 square foot student recreation center that includes social lounge space, drop-in cardio and weight fitness space, two group exercise rooms, a two-court gymnasium, climbing and bouldering wall, flexible meeting rooms, renovations to an existing outdoor field, and locker rooms and support space.

Red Rocks Rec Center Gymnasium

Red Rocks Rec Center Gym Entrance

Red Rocks Rec Center Climbing Wall

Red Rocks Rec Center Dance StudioRed Rocks Rec Center Workout Room

The program plan received approval from the Colorado Commission on Higher Education in Summer 2014.  In early 2015, Red Rocks Community College in partnership with students and Student Government, who are funding the project through student fees, again selected Davis Partnership Architects to complete the design of the new student recreation center.

Red Rocks Rec Center Stairway

Red Rocks Rec Center LobbyRed Rocks Rec Center Locker Room

Construction began February 4, 2016. Red Rocks Community College is completing in Spring 2017 opening so students who were involved in the initial phases of the project and who voted on the student fee have the opportunity to use the facility before they graduate.

Building area: 42,000 GSF / 3,000 GSF renovation
Budget: $15,800,000
Design Start: March 2015
Design Completed: November 2015 C
onstruction Start:
February 2016
Project Completion: Spring 2017