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  C.K. Ray Recreation CenterC.K. Ray Recreation Center


Brown Reynolds Watford Architects
2700 Earl Rudder Freeway South, #4000, College Station, TX 77845

General Description

Location: Conroe, Texas
Date Bid: Aug 2010 Construction Period: Aug 2010 to June 2011
Total Square Feet: 30,380 Site: 1.7 acres.
Number of Buildings: One.
Building Size: First floor, 27,372; second floor, 3,008; total, 30,380 square feet.
Building Height: First floor, 11’10”; second floor, 29’7”; floor to floor, 11’10”; total, 42’6”.
Basic Construction Type: III-B & V-B; Addition/Renovation.
Foundation: Cast-in-place, pier & grade beam, reinforced.
Exterior Walls: CMU, metal wall panels, fiber cement panels, curtain wall.
Metal, membrane. Floors: Concrete.
Interior Walls: CMU, metal stud drywall.

Project Team

Structural Engineer: Robertson Consulting Engineers - 2700 Earl Rudder Freeway South, #2900, College Station, TX 77845
General Contractor: Brookstone Construction Managers - 3713 Dacoma Street, Houston, TX 77092
Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: Brazos Valley Engineering, Inc. - 1920 W. Villa Maria, #302, Bryan, TX 77807
Civil Engineer: O'Malley Engineers, L.L.P. - 203 South Jackson Street, Brenham, TX 77833

In response to the needs of a growing community, the City of Conroe commissioned a renovation and addition of its existing 1970's recreation center. Visually and programmatically inconspicuous in its relationship to the park and community, the nondescript recreation center's internal spaces were disconnected, devoid of natural light, and worn from years of patron use. Through expansion and renovation, the facility has gained increased functionality and visibility.

The original interior was defined by long, narrow, dividing corridors that did little to connect activities within the building. The renovation and expansion created a highly functional facility with appropriately sized program spaces, internal connections, and controlled day lighting virtually everywhere. Spaces such as the locker rooms, gymnasium, and existing sports and fitness rooms were remodeled to bring the facility up to date and maximize the use of existing space. Exterior walls were opened up with floor to ceiling glazing to incorporate natural light and provide a visual connection the park as well as other facilities onsite. New spaces include administration offices, a 3,000-square-foot cardio/fitness center, the Kid Zone, and a Welcome Center in a 35-foot tall, naturally illuminated Lobby.

One of the greatest successes functionally in the recreation center is the new Kid Zone, which provides child-care for patrons while at The Rec. Prominently placing the kid zone in the Lobby answered concerned patrons' desire for proximity and accessibility to their children during fitness activities. As an added measure of security and transparency, the entrance to the Kid Zone is enclosed with floor to ceiling glazing, which allows patrons to visually check on their children without having to physically enter the children's play/activity area.

The entire facility engenders a design appeal towards a variety of material palettes with a high attention to detail. The sweeping roof structure and angled entrance welcomes visitors and community members into a spacious lobby with naturally illuminated corridors. The landscape design relates to other recreational features of the surrounding park and provides a sense of unity and interaction. The entrance plaza serves as a direct, protected circulation path between the recreation and aquatic centers, while small outdoor seating areas bordered by landscaping provide areas for conversation and visual interest. The continuity of the bold color pattern from the exterior façade to the interior visually connects the lobby to the new entrance plaza and reinforces the contemporary aesthetic of the addition. The city has since incorporated this pattern into the branding material for The Rec.

By creating a functional and visually appealing facility, the renovation and expansion has drastically increased membership enrollment. As a result, The Rec is now an integral component of Conroe's community.

Product Information
Fiber Cement Wall Panels: James Hardie  Metal Wall Panels: Wave
Metal Roofing: Bettenlok  Membrane Roofing: Soprema
Windows: Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope®
Curtain Wall, Entrances & Storefronts: Kawneer
Perforated Metal Panel Cloud: Gordon Interior
Interior Wall Panels: James Hardie  Paint: Sherwin Williams
Plastic Laminate: Wilsonart  Metal Laminate: Chemetal
Carpet: Patcraft  Sports: Gerflor VCT: Mannington
Lighting: Lithonia, Visa, Gotham, Peerless, Focal Point, Wide Lite, Hydrel, Bronzelite

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